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Research Snippets

As we head into the lighter days of spring, some of the health concerns that 2020 brought are still hanging over us. Reports from you, our customers, suggest that low energy and lingering post-viral fatigue could be amongst some of the top contenders for our attention.

So, with the help of some of the latest research snippets, we give you the following insights to point you in the direction of some potentially useful supplement picks.

Could a Deficiency in Magnesium Heighten Symptoms of Pain During or After an Infection?

We’re all too familiar with that horrible achy feeling as a virus takes hold, but could a deficiency in magnesium possibly add to this discomfort? Research suggests that magnesium plays an important part in the ‘prevention of central sensitisation and in the attenuation of established pain hypersensitivity’ – so, basically, how sensitive to pain we may be and, ultimately, how sorry for ourselves we may end up feeling!

Additionally, magnesium is super-important for detoxing after any inflammatory damage, as well as for muscle tiredness, pain and energy provision. So, it seems magnesium may be an important supplement pick for both during and after an infection.1

Vitamin D – Is Your Gut Bacteria Diverse Enough to Really Benefit?

You may have cottoned on to all the vitamin D updates over this year, and it’s definitely worth taking on board. Vitamin D is indeed supportive of and, most-importantly, modulating for the immune system – encouraging it to work efficiently and appropriately going forward.

However, it’s really useful to note that it may not be sufficient just to load up on lots of vitamin D without considering your existing health status first. To take a key point, your digestion needs to be working optimally in order for you to get the most benefit from your vitamin D, and some recent research has helped flag this.

This new study concluded that higher butyrate levels in the gut (which are present when your gut bacteria population is particularly healthy and diverse) has positive effects on the absorption and metabolism of vitamin D – yet again, gut health comes up trumps.2 So, look after your gut and get the most from your vitamin D supplement!

Zinc Deficiency – What Could the Symptoms Look Like?

We’ve heard lots about the loss of taste or smell recently; so, what could this symptom really mean? Whilst certain viruses have the ability to affect how we taste and smell, there are other possible causes, such as general congestion. A lack of the ability to smell could also be the sign of a zinc deficiency. Plus, low zinc levels could also be a predictor for more severe symptoms during cold or flu infections, as this important nutrient may help to keep some inflammatory markers better in check if we were actually to fall ill.3

Therefore, especially if your sense of smell still isn’t up to scratch, introducing a zinc supplement may well be worth it.

1 Na H.S. et al. In: Magnesium in the Central Nervous System [Internet], 2011
2 Thomas R.L. et al. Nat Commun, 2020
3 Güerri-Fernández R. et al. ECCVID, 2020

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