Can you believe that winter is just around the corner? So when do we start to build immunity against coughs and colds? The answer to this of course is that we should always be mindful to have a strong immune system but with such busy lifestyles, we sometimes let our health take a back seat. Supplements are therefore essential to maintain winter wellness for lasting health – but how do we know which supplements are best?
Five ways to be a health hero is to know the facts with the right information to make the right choices. Our list shows why these supplements will assist to protect you before the winter blues set in.
Or purple coneflower, originally a native indigenous American medicinal herb, has now been adopted by Western Herbal medicine due to its health benefits. It may support healthy immune function, and may help to lessen the duration and severity of the symptoms of colds and other mild upper respiratory tract infections. It was recorded in a traditional American herbal text published in 1905, King’s Dispensatory, as being useful for conditions ranging from snakebite to scarlet fever! This of course is not supported by modern scientific research, but may attest to the later research that Echinacea has potential immune benefits.
Is an important source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFA’s). We are unable to make EFAs, so we must have them in our diet. Every cell in our body has a membrane surrounding it that is made up of essential fatty acids, phosphorous and Vitamin E, which is one of the reasons we must have these nutrients regularly. EFA’s are also a crucial component of brain tissue, and are required for normal, healthy brain function. It is recommended to eat up to 3 oily, deep, cold water fish meals per week. If that’s not possible due to lifestyle etc, fish oil capsules are a suitable alternative.
Crucial for the absorption and use of calcium in your body for strong healthy bones. Because of our harsh Australian climate, we tend to cover up which may inadvertently contribute to lowered Vitamin D production via our skin. Short bursts of early morning or late afternoon sun (avoiding sunburn) can boost Vitamin D. If that’s not possible, supplementation may help to maintain healthy measurable levels, particularly during winter months when sun exposure is lower and internal vitamin D production is lessened.
KAKADU PLUM WITH MANUKA HONEY
The Kakadu plum grows in north and north-west Australia. It has many health benefits that are only just beginning to be explored by scientific researchers. It is reported to be one of the highest natural sources of Vitamin C. Kakadu Plum also contains many antioxidant compounds*. Antioxidants are important for combating potential damage that can be caused by free radicals in the body.
*Mohanty, S., Cock, I. The chemotherapeutic potential of Terminalia ferdinandiana: Phytochemistry and Bioactivity. Pharmacognosy Reviews. January-June 2012. Vol. 6. 11. 29-36
Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is required for the production of energy in every cell of your body. All muscles require energy to function, including the heart muscle, so we need CoQ10 for normal, healthy heart and muscle function. CoQ10 levels may decline as you age, so supplementation is important if you are deficient. CoQ10 is also considered an antioxidant, which is important to help stamp out the potential damage caused by free radicals.