Vitamins C, D3 and B12 may help keep you feeling better through cold & flu season
Vitamins C, D3 and B12 may help keep you feeling better through cold and flu season
Cold and flu season is here. And conventional wisdom says it’s prudent to get a yearly flu shot to stave off this seasonal illness. That’s particularly important if you are in one of the high-risk groups. But is that enough, and can you do more to pursue winter wellness when it seems everyone around you is sneezing and wheezing? The answer may lie in supplementing with Vitamins C and D3.
It’s no secret that Vitamin C is the go-to for those looking to stave off or shorten the duration of colds. Among other things, Vitamin C is used by our bodies for immune function. Yet our bodies don’t make Vitamin C on its own; some must get it from our diet through citrus fruits, green vegetables, tomatoes, and, more commonly, through Vitamin C supplements. Researchers found that for active people, taking at least 200 mg of Vitamin C every day appeared to cut the risk of getting a cold in half. For others, it seemed to reduce the duration of cold symptoms in adults and children.1
The benefits of Vitamin D3 are less well known. Scientists believe Vitamin D helps protect against respiratory infections by boosting levels of antimicrobial peptides – natural antibiotic substances – in the lungs.2 Our bodies make Vitamin D3 from sunshine, but let’s face it, who is getting a lot of that in the winter months when the sun is low, days are short, and you’re all bundled up outside. For those reasons, Vitamin D3 deficiency is common in the winter, and for those with low Vitamin D supplementing with this vitamin can help reduce the risk of acute respiratory infections, including colds and flu.
Besides staving off colds and flu, staying active and feeling energetic goes a long way toward achieving a sense of wellness in the winter. And that’s where Vitamin B12 comes in. Insufficient Vitamin B12 can cause tiredness, weakness, and depression typically associated with the winter blues.
We get Vitamin B12 from a wide variety of animal foods as well as B12 fortified foods, and we absorb this vitamin through a rather complicated process that occurs in the stomach. But some people have trouble absorbing B12 from food. As a result, B12 deficiency affects up to 15% of the public, including many older adults and those who eat little or no animal foods, such as vegetarians and vegans.3 For those with low B12, supplementing can help them feel more energetic, and improve their sense of wellbeing.
Vitamin B12 can interact with some medicines such as antibiotics, proton pump inhibitors, and histamines, so check with your doctor before starting a B12 regimen if you are on any of these medications.
Achieving Winter Wellness
For those looking to make a higher degree of wellness during the winter cold and flu season, consider supplementing with these vitamins shown to have a positive effect on winter health. Dr. Hemp Essentials helps you achieve winter wellness with Vitamin C, D3, B12, and the healthy benefits of CBD. Every bottle contains all-natural ingredients, ethically sourced and crafted to improve your overall health and sense of wellbeing.