Alan C. Logan, ND
In a country where the frostyseason can last up to six months, we need an insurance policy against many ailment.
In a country where the frostyseason can last up to six months, we need an insurance policy against many ailments. Why? One reason is that the decreased hours of sunlight during winter reduces our supply of vitamin D the sun activates this vitamin in the skin and allows the body to utilize it. We require vitamin D to prevent the onset of many diseases, including osteoporosis. Also, seasonal diets result in lower intakes of vitamins C and E, and beta-carotene at a time when our immune systems need these protective nutrients the most.
The good news is, your health essentials can be simply provided through daily supplementation. In the sea of supplements there are three that are backed up by significant research and have the potential to support a healthy lifestyle and promote health despite the season.
Certain dietary fish are very high in the key omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA), with anchovy, herring, mackerel and sardines among the highest. But most Canadians don't eat enough fish to fulfill their daily omega-3 requirements and this may worsen in the winter when local fish are not available.
Many health-conscious consumers thus turn to fish oil capsules to fill the void, only to be frustrated by the fishy aftertaste. To prevent this side-effect, look for specially coated softgels that don't dissolve in the stomach, but instead release the oil directly to the small intestine. In addition to preventing any fishy odour, research indicates that such intestinal delivery can enhance absorption up to three times over standard capsules.
So whatever the season, you can get your daily health essentials from high quality multivitamins and minerals with phytonutrients and fish oil softgels. And although the winter may not be your favourite season due to the cold, grey weather, this way it can still be a healthy one.