Give yourself a nutritional boost! These five special supplements could provide the nutritional boost your body needs

There's no time like the present to start being kind to yourself and prioritising your wellbeing.

Here we reveal our top five picks to help give you an extra nutritional boost this year.

1. TURMERIC

When you hear turmeric, you probably think of that bright yellow powdered spice lurking in your kitchen cupboard besides the cumin and garam masala.

But the beneficial properties of turmeric extract (sometimes known as Curcumin) extend well beyond giving your homemade curries a hit of flavour, or spicing up your latte!

Vitabiotics' premium quality Ultra Turmeric gives you the equivalent of over 13 grams of pure Turmeric in every tablet, providing 210mg of Curcuminoids

Turmeric comes from the root of a flowering plant of the ginger family called Curcuma longa, and it's been used for centuries in India in a range of areas, including to help support normal healthy digestion.

One of Turmeric's key active ingredients is curcumin. Vitabiotics' premium quality Ultra Turmeric gives you the equivalent of over 13 grams of pure Turmeric in every tablet, providing 210mg of Curcuminoids.

Priced at £15.85 for 60 one-a-day tablets, Ultra Turmeric is specially activated with Black Pepper Extract, renowned from the Malabar coast in South India. The active ingredient Piperine found in Black Pepper is thought to possibly increase the bioavailability of curcumin by up to 2,000 per cent* - that's 20 times!

Ultra Turmeric also includes Vitamin D3, which contributes to the normal function of the immune system. Vitamin D3 is the preferred 'bioactive' form of Vitamin D because it's the one made naturally in the human body when you're exposed to sunlight. It's therefore deemed more effective than D2, which is found in some supplements.

Ultra Turmeric is suitable for vegetarians and contains no artificial colours, preservatives, lactose or yeast.  

2. VITAMIN C  

It's an essential nutrient that can't be stored or made in the body, so it's important we maintain a regular intake of Vitamin C. Vitamin C fulfils many beneficial roles within the body, from contributing to the normal function of the immune and nervous systems to helping to reduce tiredness and fatigue.  

Vitabiotics has developed its Ultra Vitamin C to provide a gradual slow release for maximum effectiveness and constant support throughout the day

Vitamin C also increases non-haem iron absorption, the mineral essential for the normal formation of red blood cells and haemoglobin. Iron is important in the body as it contributes to normal oxygen transport to cells and organs.

In addition, Vitamin C contributes to collagen formation - the substance that helps keep skin supple.

As if that wasn't enough, Vitamin C also supports the body's ability to neutralise free radicals - produced in excess due to exposure to pollution, sunlight and other environmental factors like cigarette smoke - by contributing to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.

It's found in lots of fruit and vegetables, including citrus fruit, strawberries, blackcurrants, peppers and broccoli, but if you feel like you're not getting enough Vitamin C from your diet, a supplement could help safeguard your intake.

Vitabiotics, the UK's No. 1 vitamin company, offers a wide range of specialist, nutritional supplements which carry a range of individual health benefits when taken as part of a balanced diet and lifestyle

Vitabiotics has developed its Ultra Vitamin C to provide a gradual slow release for maximum effectiveness and constant support throughout the day.

Priced at £5.95 for 60 tablets, Ultra Vitamin C tablets are especially suited for those of us with a particularly hectic lifestyle, as well as athletes and the over 50s.

Vitabiotics Ultra Vitamin C is formulated with 25mg of citrus bioflavonoids, a group of plant pigments found in citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges and grapefruit.

3. VITAMIN D GUMMIES   

Vitamin D has functions and benefits that are probably more wide ranging than any other vitamin. It's found naturally in foods like mushrooms, oily fish, butter and egg yolk.

The most common way that our bodies make Vitamin D is through natural sunlight, which is where it gets its nickname the 'sunshine vitamin'.

This means that the amount we produce varies throughout the year; during spring and summer it's easier to get what we need via exposure to sunlight, combined with a healthy, balanced diet.

Our bodies are very efficient at processing the sun's UV rays into Vitamin D, meaning 10 to 20 minutes with both arms and legs exposed to the sun is sufficient.

But in the autumn and winter months, with shorter days and fewer hours of sunlight, it can be more difficult to achieve enough Vitamin D through sunlight alone.

Vitamin D plays a vital role in our overall wellbeing and contributes to the normal function of the immune system.

It's such an important nutrient that the UK Department of Health now recommends everyone considers taking a Vitamin D supplement, especially at this time of the year.

Vitamin D is fat soluble, meaning advice to eat lower fat diets may contribute to reduced intakes from foods. In the UK, an average diet provides 3-4 µg of Vitamin D per day and only a little more if oily fish is eaten.

Vitabiotics offers tasty natural orange flavour chewable Ultra Vitamin D gummies, with each one containing 25μg (1000IU) of Vitamin D3 - the preferred bioactive form.

Ultra Vitamin D gummies are suitable for vegans and priced at £11.95 for a bottle of 50.

Vitabiotics offers delicious natural orange flavour vegan Ultra Vitamin D gummies

The most common way that our bodies make Vitamin D is through natural sunlight, which is where it gets its nickname the 'sunshine vitamin'

4. WELLBIO LIVE CULTURES, HIGH STRENGTH, 25 BILLION 

Gut health is a hot topic right now, as a growing number of studies show the trillions of natural bacteria it houses - known as human microbiome - can have an impact on numerous bodily functions.

Many factors can affect the bacteria in your gut, including diet, smoking, high stress levels, antibiotics and environmental toxins. It’s also known that calcium can support the daily work of the digestive enzymes in your gut.

Developed by the experts at Vitabiotics, Wellbio Live Cultures Extra Strength is the brand's most comprehensive live culture microbiotic formula with added calcium too.

Wellbio Live Cultures (£26.95 for 30 capsules) contain calcium, which contributes to the normal function of digestive enzymes

Each capsule contains 25 billion Lab4 microbiotic live cultures, the UK's most comprehensively studied group of gut bacteria and in total provides seven different strains of high quality live cultures.

Wellbio Live Cultures (£26.95 for 30 capsules) also contain calcium, which contributes to the normal function of digestive enzymes, plus two selected strains of lactobacillus acidophilus (found in your intestines) and bifidobacterium (a group of bacteria called probiotics) for everyday use.

The supplement is suitable for use with antibiotics and recommended for men and women of all ages.

5. ZINC 

Our bodies don't naturally produce zinc, so as a result we must get it from our diet.

Zinc contributes to a huge number of our bodies' processes, including helping to maintain the normal function of the immune system as well as supporting normal skin, hair, nails, vision and cognitive function.

The mineral also has a role in the process of cell division, while Zinc and Copper both contribute to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.

Women aged 19-64* generally need a minimum of around 7mg of Zinc a day, while men in the same bracket require 9.5mg. Foods including meat, shellfish, dairy products such as cheese, legumes, bread and wheat germ cereals are all rich in the mineral.

Vitabiotics Ultra Zinc (£3.85 for 60 tablets) provides 15mg of Zinc, carefully balanced with 1mg of Copper.

Vitabiotics Ultra Zinc (£3.85 for 60 tablets) provides 15mg of Zinc, carefully balanced with 1mg of Copper

About us: Vitabiotics, the UK's No. 1 vitamin company, offers a wide range of specialist, nutritional supplements which carry a range of individual health benefits when taken as part of a balanced diet and lifestyle.

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Food supplements must not replace a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. As with other food supplements, consult your doctor or pharmacist before using if you are under medical supervision, pregnant, breast-feeding, have epilepsy, suffer from food allergies, or are allergic to any of the ingredients.

Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professionals regarding any medical condition.

*2Gupta, S., Patchva, S. and Aggarwal, B., 2012. Therapeutic Roles of Curcumin: Lessons Learned from Clinical Trials. The AAPS Journal, [online] 15(1), pp.195-218. -https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3535097/

**Information taken from NHS website

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