Vitamins and Minerals to Help Prevent Coughs & Colds
As the winter season reaches the busy Christmas period, it is important to make sure you are taking on the right vitamins and minerals to keep you fit and healthy during this busy period.
Vitamin C - found in a variety of fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C is an essential vitamin to take during the winter months as it is required for the growth and repair of tissues as well as being a well known antioxidant.
Zinc - a vital mineral for maintaining the body's defences. It helps support a healthy immune system. A healthy immune system helps us fight off and prevent the common cold. Make sure you get yours by eating lots of beans, lentils, nuts and seeds.
Selenium - an important mineral in cold weather. It is an antioxidant and is found in brazil nuts, wheatgerm and sunflower seeds.
Vitamin D - helps us maintain healthy bones and helps the body absorb calcium. Production is stimulated in your body by sunlight. In winter eat plenty of oily fish, margarine and meat.
Calcium - helps maintain healthy bones and teeth. Get yours from dairy products, canned fish and leafy, green vegetables.
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