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THE KEY NUTRIENTS to WINTER- PROOF YOUR BODY

Which vitamins and minerals can help protect against seasonal ailments? HFG dietitian Jennifer Low looks at the evidence, and pinpoints foods to stock up on
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Q Does zinc ease cold symptoms?

LAB RESEARCH HAS FOUND zinc may actually stop the cold virus in its tracks. After reviewing a number of studies, Canadian researchers confirmed what previous reviews had found – that taking zinc lozenges may shorten the length of a cold by one or two days. But this could come at a price, with side effects such as nausea and taste changes. The better solution for most people is to eat a diet rich in zinc-containing foods.

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Keep your eating mindful this Christmas with our foolproof festive food strategies for preventing the pounds piling on. Our experts reveal the five nutrients you need to winter-proof your body, and we take a look at the easy diet tweaks for a healthier blood pressure reading. PLUS we’re giving away £1,000 worth of fitness kit in our countdown to a fitter you advent calendar! Find all this – and our fantastic recipes – in December’s Healthy Food Guide, on sale now.
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