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Staying Well This Winter, Some Product Updates

Winter’s on the way

And it’s time to think of how to stay well during the more challenging season ahead. We’ve given you the basics before. You know to eat well, to stay active and to keep mentally positive. You know about all the supplements that can keep your immune system fighting fit and we all have our favourites, from elderberry to olive leaf, from zinc to coltsfoot and from Manuka honey to probiotics.

So this time we thought we’d focus on the latest developments with just two of the most important winter supplements, Echinacea and vitamin D, what’s on the shelves and why we recommend them.

Echinacea

Firstly lets look at Echinacea, long revered and used by native Americans and first introduced to these shores in the 1980s. It soon became and still is a much loved and trusted herbal immune booster and has kept many a cold, flu and other infection at bay over the years.

In the last few years a home grown brand called Irish Botanica has appeared on the scene and has already gained a mighty reputation and a huge following. It’s one of a small but growing number of herbal tinctures and compounds brought to market by Irish herbalist David Foley. I spoke to David to get a sense why he chose to introduce an other range of tinctures to the Irish market and what was the ethos behind them. His answers were refreshingly simple.

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Product of the Month – Viridian Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3

Product of the Month Viridian Vitamin D

In my opinion Vitamin D3 is one of the most important nutrients, especially in winter. In fact the UK Government advises that people who are housebound or cover their skin for long periods, all pregnant and breastfeeding women, people over 65 years of age and infants from 6 months to aged 5 should take vitamin D supplements. While we can get some vitamin D from dietary sources such as fish, cheese, eggs and fortified foods, we mostly make it through sun exposure (and opportunity can be limited in Ireland). As we get almost no sun exposure in winter, supplementation is the only way to go. Apart completely from its role in maintaining good bone and muscle health it can be particularly beneficial in winter for two reasons.

Firstly it’s a direct stimulus for immunity. In particular it triggers and arms the body’s T cells, the cells in the body that seek out and destroy any invading bacteria and viruses. Secondly SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder (commonly called Winter Blues) seems to be more prevalent when vitamin D levels are low and research shows that supplementation can be an effective treatment for it. 
With this in mind we’ve taken on Viridian’s full Vitamin D range for the following reasons. Unlike many ranges Viridian supplements contain no fillers or excipients, every ingredient has a therapeutic value. They’re all vegan (Viridian use mushrooms and lichens as sources)  unlike many vitamin D supplements which derive from lanolin. They offer options in drops and capsule form which are suitable for all ages and needs. No other supplement company stands for ethics, sustainability and highest quality like Viridian does.
Product of the Month Viridian Vitamin D

And for the month of October we are offering 25% off the Viridian Vitamin D range which make them even better value!

  • Viridian D3 2,000iu 150caps regular price €39.10 offer price €29.32 you save €9.78
  • Viridian D3 2,000iu 60caps regular price €17.50 offer price €13.12 you save €4.38
  • Viridian D3 400iu 90caps regular price €15.50 offer price €11.62 you €3.88
  • Viridian D3 400iu 30caps regular price €7.85 offer price €5.89 you save €1.96
  • Viridian D3 liquid 50ml regular price €16.00 offer price €12.00 you save €4
  • Viridikid Vitamin D3 drops 30ml regular price €10.75 offer price €8.06 you save €2.69
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