Lack of sunlight and low humidity in the winter can lead to problems such as:
- Dry skin
- Cold and Flu
Two important nutrients that can reduce or prevent these winter problems are:
- Vitamin D
Why are these nutrients so important in the winter?
Vitamin D is synthesized in response to sunlight, so short winter days reduce vitamin D levels. A study of young adults living in northern latitudes found that 11% were deficient in vitamin D at the end of the summer versus 30% at the end of winter!
Vitamin D is essential for keeping the immune system strong and reducing the risk of cold and flu.
Omega-7 helps keep skin hydrated. In a recent survey of over 2,000 American adults, 83% said their skin felt different in the winter –77% had problems with dryness, and 41% were bothered by itchiness. Omega-7 from sea buckthorn berry and seed was shown to reduce dryness by 48%
Look for Vitamin D as D3 or cholecalciferol –the form found in the human body. Take 5,000 IU daily, all year (not just in winter).
Look for Omega-7 from sea buckthorn berry and seed. Take 500 mg up to 6 times daily.