With the onset of winter, it’s easy to forget to take the appropriate vitamins, even though cold weather, fewer hours of sunshine, less exercise and an unbalanced diet can be associated with a decrease in immune function. In our summary, we list the vitamins that are essential in winter and show you how to supplement them.

The reserves may be at risk.

During the winter months, the body can run out of the vitamins that needs to function properly. Vitamins A, C, D and B are essential for the body. Vitamin C helps to strengthen the immune system and fight infections. Vitamin A contributes to healthy skin, eyes and mucous membranes, while vitamin B vitamins (B6, B12, folic acid) support proper functioning of the nervous system. Vitamin D is also essential for the balanced functioning of the immune system, as well as for calcium absorption and the maintenance of healthy bones. These are the most important vitamins in the autumn and winter months.

How can we supplement the vitamins?

Appropriate vitamin supplementation in winter can help avoid vitamin deficiencies, which can cause different symptoms depending on the type and degree of vitamin deficiency. Common symptoms include feelings of fatigue, skin problems, possible digestive problems, mood swings, visual disturbances or even muscle aches and pains, and cardiovascular disorders.

To avoid symptoms, it is important to seek natural sources of both fat and water-soluble vitamins in winter. This is mainly achieved by a varied, balanced and high-quality diet.

Fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E, K) are stored more easily and permanently in the body and are essential for the immune system, vision, bones and teeth. The body needs fat to absorb them and their intake can be ensured by eating good quality foods containing beneficial fats. For example, consume good quality fish, cheese, eggs, nuts and seeds.

Water-soluble vitamins (B vitamins, vitamin C) are not stored in the body for long, so it is important to supplement them regularly. These vitamins help the metabolism and immune system to function properly and are also involved in the body’s energy production. Eating fresh fruit – citrus fruits in winter – vegetables and whole grains is the best way to give your body the necessary amounts of vitamins B and C.

Is supplementation recommended for everyone?

Most vitamins can be maintained and supplemented by eating the proper foods. Natural sources of vitamins, a balanced and varied diet, and a diet rich in vitamins and minerals are not a substitute for supplements. Their use is best recommended on medical advice, as the type and amount of vitamin supplementation required may vary individually. Additionally, the absorption capacity of each vitamin may also vary individually, so it is by no means certain that the amount in a supplement is sufficient or necessary for everyone. The right time to take supplements is when you know exactly what you need and in what amounts. Knowing this can help avoid an overdose of a particular vitamin.

Targeted lab testing is the best way to personalize vitamin supplementation

If you want to know what your body’s vitamin levels are, whether you need supplements and, if so, which vitamins you need to supplement and in what amounts, the best way is to have a laboratory test.

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