Supplements that will improve your health, bones, skin and keep PMS at bay
Take: vitamin D and echinaceaVitamin D is the new immunity saviour - up to 25mcg a day has been found to arm your immune system against infection.
And if you do succumb to a cold, research suggests the herb echinacea stimulates your white blood cells and can shorten the duration of your illness.
Take: vitamin B6, zinc and magnesiumNew research has linked a deficiency of vitamin B6 to PMS, so if you're suffering, try taking a 100mg a day supplement.
You'll need to combine it with zinc (15mg a day) and magnesium (200mg a day) for vitamin B6 to work effectively. Magnesium has the added bonus of being nature's tranquiliser.
Take: vitamin D and magnesiumCalcium deficiency can lead to osteoporosis, but a double dose could lead to anaemia as it inhibits your iron absorption.
'There's no need for calcium supplements unless you've been diagnosed deficient,' says Helen Fraser-Mayall, a dietician at the West Cumberland Hospital. 'If you're worried about your bone health, try topping up your vitamin D levels, as it's needed to help your body absorb calcium.'
Magnesium also helps protect bone health - about half your body's magnesium stores are in your bones.
Take: vitamin C and omega-3sVitamin C helps protect against skin damage by fighting the free radicals that cause wrinkles and ageing. It's also involved in collagen production.
Omega-3s give an extra glow as they're crucial to the production of your skin's natural oil, which keeps dryness and spots at bay.
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Never take supplements on an empty stomach - you'll just wee them out. For maximum absorption, take them with a main meal.
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