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We all know that vitamins and minerals are all jam-packed with goodness. But with so much choice out there, it can be hard to know what supplement is right for you. Get the low down on what you need to keep on feeling fit and healthy.

Everything You Need to Know About Vitamin C

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Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C is an essential antioxidant that is commonly found in guava, orange juice, peppers and Brussels sprouts. The body can only store vitamin C in very small amounts, which is why we need to replenish our levels daily.

Vitamin C protects cells and keeps them healthy, and maintains healthy bones, blood vessels and skin. It also helps in the formation of healthy connective tissue and to build and maintain collagen, which supports and keeps skin and bones firm.

Take vitamin C supplements to increase your intake. Just be sure to follow the recommended dosage on the packet: The Department of Health advises taking no more than 1,000mg a day.

Everything You Need to Know About Vitamin D

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Vitamin D can be found in such food items as oily fish and eggs but is most commonly produced in the body when our skin reacts to summer sunlight. According to the Department of Health, as many as half of the UK population may be deficient in vitamin D.

Essential for overall good health, vitamin D helps to look after muscles, heart, lungs and brain, as well as improve the body’s immunity. Its primary function, however, is to manage the calcium content of your blood, bones and gut, ensuring cells are able to communicate properly so that your bones and teeth stay healthy.

Taking a vitamin D supplement is an easy way to up your intake of this essential vitamin. Just be sure not to take more than the recommended 1,100mg a day.

Everything You Need to Know About Omega 3

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Omega 3 supplements contain essential fatty acids commonly found in fish, which is why they are often referred to as omega 3 fish oil supplements.

The fatty acids found in omega 3 supplements help to prevent and manage heart disease. They do this by helping to lower blood pressure, slow the development of plaque in the arteries, reduce abnormal heart rhythm and lessen the chances of heart attacks, strokes and heart disease. Omega 3 can also help to boost your brainpower and concentration.

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What are Energy Boosters?

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These give you a quick-fix boost of energy. There are several types of energy supplements, and it’s important to choose the right ones for your needs. The most common are:

High-calorie drinks and foods

These usually contain protein. They mask symptoms of tiredness and give energy levels a short-term boost. They’re most useful for athletes.

Caffeine supplements

These are stimulants that increase mental awareness and provide temporary relief from tiredness. It is recommended that you don’t have more than 300mg caffeine per day.

Metabolism boosters

Your metabolism is the rate at which your body burns calories. Metabolism boosters can contribute to weight loss by increasing the amount of energy your body uses, especially when accompanied by a healthy eating plan.

How to Boost Your Immune System

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Help your body keep germs at bay by looking out for these immune-boosting ingredients…

Vitamin C

Your body can only store vitamin C in small quantities, which is why you need to replenish it daily. Vitamin C protects cells and keeps them healthy, and helps form and maintain healthy bones, blood vessels and skin.

Vitamin D

This looks after your muscles, heart, lungs and brain, and improves your body’s immunity.

Zinc

This powerful antioxidant works to protect your body’s cells from the harmful effects of free radicals, which can speed up ageing and lead to health problems.

Garlic

Garlic has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Garlic capsules – unlike garlic cloves – are odourless!

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