BEATING THE JANUARY BLUES!

By Mark Sadja

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– Most people will not experience significant health changes related to vitamin intake in winter, however the one vitamin that becomes more important in winter is vitamin D. Vitamin D is found in some foods but the more beneficial type of vitamin D is made in the body with the help of sunlight. What’s that I hear you ask??

We’re not exactly blessed with sunlight here in Ireland, and unfortunately the body hasn’t yet found a way to make Vitamin D from rain!

In places where the sun shines less in the winter such as Ireland, vitamin D deficiency can be widespread. Vitamin D is important for building healthy bones and teeth and importantly for helping prevent Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. In the winter as the sun rises later and sets earlier we all get slightly less sunlight and as we are all generally well wrapped up the body produces much less Vitamin D. As we are not getting enough Vitamin D this is a good time of year to start supplementing with Vitamin D. This will help your body produce the hormones necessary to help your energy levels and prevent tiredness, and may also help with your mood!

The best way to get vitamin D over the winter in Ireland is by taking a Vitamin D supplement or vitamin D can also be found in fatty fish like salmon and tuna, eggs, cheese, and in fortified milk.

Ask your pharmacist. There are a number of individual Vitamin D supplements such as the Sona brand, or you can take a good multivitamin which contains Vitamin D. Vitamin D can be taken in excess so I wouldn’t recommend taking more than 1000IU daily unless recommended by your doctor. Give it a try you never know it might help banish those winter blues!

Shop online at www.sammccauleys.com or for more information please visit one of our pharmacists in a  Sam McCauley Chemists near you!