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Lack of sunlight and low humidity in the winter can lead to problems such as:

  • Depression
  • Dry skin
  • Cold and Flu

Two important nutrients that can reduce or prevent these winter problems are:

  • Vitamin D
  • Omega-7

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.

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Terry is happy to provide his opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.
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