metropol » Winter health

Tag: Winter health

A positively well winter: Unichem Prestons Pharmacy

Apart from yearning for winter to be over, there are many practical steps we can take to safeguard against winter illness; the first step is to think positive – think winter wellness!



Unichem Prestons Pharmacy have everything covered when it comes to equipping us for this most challenging season – from flu jabs to expert advice and remedy recommendations from owner and pharmacist Ed Dawwas and his friendly team. Flu inoculations are integral to winter health, but Ed also recommends natural supplements as extra protection against succumbing to those pesky viral or bacterial infections.

Vitamin C is a natural immune booster for all seasons, but in winter especially, it helps reduce the severity and duration of ailments, as well as providing antioxidant support in both tissue and wound repair. Gut and digestive health is a major contributor in boosting immunity and, because probiotics are designed to maintain and restore good gut bacteria, probiotics are superstar supplements when it comes to winter wellness.

Another star supplement and natural active vaccine is Buccaline. A 1×7 tablet treatment provides three months protection against bacterial complications of colds – i.e. sneezes, runny noses, sore throats and coughs, while a second course provides full winter protection. It’s the ideal additional protection to the flu vaccine, so for optimal protection, both are recommended.

With these supplements available in tablet, powder and liquid form, Ed and his team happily advise customers on which will work best for them. Find Unichem Prestons Pharmacy at Shop 3 420 Marshland Road, phone 03 281 7889 or visit


Winter survival essentials

The days are getting shorter and colder, and we get it – all you want to do is snuggle up and never leave the house. But life beckons us to reluctantly crawl out of our caves, and mustering up the mental and physical energy to get through the day doesn’t come easily to the best of us. We look at three essential vitamins to keep you in tip-top shape this winter.



Vitamin C: Taking regular Vitamin C supplements is the key to a top-performing immune system all winter long. Not only is it a godsend when it comes to warding off colds and flus, Vitamin C also protects and improves the function of cells, supports the absorption of iron and helps to maintain healthy bones, cartilage, skin and teeth.
Vitamin D: According to recent studies, there is in fact a link between Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Vitamin D deficiency, which explains the winter slump. Vital for healthy immunity, energy and mental wellbeing, the vitamin is unfortunately not present in most foods, but relatively high doses can be found in cod liver oil capsules. Battle depression, anxiety, fatigue and muscle aches with this little warrior!
Vitamin B12: Researchers have discovered that individuals with B vitamin deficiency may find themselves more sensitive to cold temperatures. Vitamin B12 is required to make healthy red blood cells that are needed to carry oxygen throughout the body and the result is poor circulation – meaning cold hands and feet and general intolerance to low temperatures. Find high quantities of this nutrient in animal liver/kidneys, nutritional yeast and Vegemite.