Most people take vitamins and supplements to either improve or maintain their health, but do you need to take different vitamins throughout the year?

This handy guide will show you the difference between vitamins and supplements, and what you should be taking this summer.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS

Vitamins and supplements are very similar, they both have several health benefits, the main difference is how they are created.

Vitamins occur naturally in your body and are essential to your body’s function, supplements are either extracted from food or man-made, to complement your body and diet.

DO VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS DIFFER FOR MEN AND WOMEN

The bottom line is that everyone needs the same essential vitamins to be healthy – regardless of their gender. The main difference is that men and women require different levels of each vitamin, for example, men’s multivitamin tablets contain more zinc and women’s multivitamin tablets contain more iron.

There are also vitamins and supplements available that help women during pregnancy and early motherhood, find out more here:

WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS

Vitamins and supplements keep you strong and healthy, aiding your body’s function and development. But as seasons change, your body’s needs change too.

For example, in colder, winter months you need more vitamin D as there is less sunshine outside. In summer, your body faces different challenges.

Take a look at the vitamins and supplements that will help your body in the warmer, summer months.

VITAMIN A AND E

Vitamins A and E are great for the summer weather as they protect and repair your skin from sun damage (please note that you should continue to wear sun cream throughout the summer).

Vitamin A also has other health benefits, including supporting bone health and your immune system.

A good way to take vitamin A and E is by taking a multivitamin. PostMyMeds sell a range of multivitamins, including:

VITAMIN C

As well as boosting your immune system, vitamin C supports the formation of collagen in your body. Collagen is a protein in the body that provides structure to your skin, increasing its elasticity and making it stronger.

Here are the vitamin C tablets we sell

ZINC

The summer weather can cause your hair to dry out and become brittle. Zinc is known to make your hair stronger and keep it hydrated, it also supports your immune system.

PostMyMeds sells the following Zinc tablets:

OMEGA 3-6-9 SUPPLEMENT FOR GENERAL BODY HEALTH

The Omega 3-6-9 supplement contains the perfect combination of the fatty acids omega 3, omega 6, and omega 9 – all of which have different health benefits for your body.

Omega 3 and omega 6 do not naturally occur in the body, but both have health benefits. Omega 3 supports the heart, brain, and healthy weight management, whereas omega 6 supports bone health and can lower your blood pressure[1].

Omega 9 can be produced in the body. But it’s used when there are low levels of omega 3 and 6 available, and it’s thought to reduce the chance of getting cardiovascular disease[1].

BUY VITAMINS ONLINE FROM POSTMYMEDS

PostMyMeds is a fully accredited online pharmacy and we stock a variety of high-quality vitamins and supplements – explore our range today.

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Although all of our content is written and reviewed by healthcare professionals, it should not be substituted for or used as medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please speak to your doctor.

Authored Jul 31, 2022 by Joseph Issac
Reviewed Jul 29, 2022 by Prabjeet Saundh,
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