It’s that time of year again! Although we love the festive season and all the fun and laughter that comes with it, it can be a very stressful time and especially tiring in the lead up through December. Lots to think about and to get organised in preparation for the big day… Decisions to make, shopping lists to fulfil, cards to write, presents to deliver, food to buy and prep… It can all prove difficult to stay on top of…

‘Keep calm and carry supplements’ is one of our mottos this year to help you survive and hopefully enjoy a stressless Christmas. Here is our advice and recommendations on which supplements could help get you through…


Selenium ACE

Selenium – Selenium is an essential trace mineral, and is a vital antioxidant that protects the immune system by preventing the formation of free radicals that lead to oxidative stress and can damage the body.

As we try hard to fit our long list of festive tasks into everyday life and around our regular routines, the last thing we need is to be battling those bugs!

Typical winter ailments such as cold and flu can strike at the worst possible times, so it is important whilst running around getting everything done to keep your defences strong. A supplement designed for antioxidant and immune support can boost the ability to fight off those germs and keep the body in peak condition.

Montmorency cherry

 Our Selenium tablets include other elements such as Vitamins A, C and E, Zinc and Copper, and are designed to help support the body’s antioxidant defence system.

With so much to think about and do; sleeping patterns can end up all over the place at this time of year, and getting enough quality sleep is also a key element to maintaining a healthy immune system. Most of us need around 7 hours a night to keep our bodies working optimally, some people even need more! Our bodies repair and recover from illness during sleep, so the more uninterrupted hours you get the better you will feel. Disturbed and broken sleep is more common for a lot of people during the stress of planning Christmas…

Montmorency Cherry capsules could be a good addition to your diet, particularly during this planning period if you are looking for a more restful and undisturbed night’s sleep. Tart Montmorency cherries are rich in antioxidants and are also a known source of melatonin – this is a natural hormone that is produced in the body to help regulate the sleep-wake cycle.

The pressures of a modern Christmas with its hectic schedules, and deadlines can leave us feeling stressed, anxious and tired. As well as trying to eat right, and getting plenty of rest; adding adaptogenic herbs to your routine can make you more resilient to the pressure and protect the body from its damaging effects. Adaptogens are a class of rejuvenating herbs, helpful for fighting stress, anxiety and fatigue by balancing the way the body adapts and responds, and this can help to benefit your mind, energy levels and immune system. 

Specifically Rhodiola Rosea is said to be fatigue-fighting and good overall for general health and wellbeing. It is said to mediate the ‘fight or flight’ stress responses to help improve energy levels, physical performance and memory – making it good for temporary relief at times of acute stress and anxiety. This supplement can be a welcome addition particularly at this time of year.Rhodiola Rosea


Korean (Panax) Ginseng Tablets – Another adaptogenic herb that works to protect the body against stress and fatigue. This supplement has been traditionally used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years as a natural remedy to help boost energy and improve focus. Something we need plenty of in the build-up to Christmas. A member of the ginger family with antioxidant properties, the main active ingredients are said to be the compounds called Ginsenosides. Studies have shown that Ginseng benefits cognitive performance and memory.ginseng


Ashwaghanda capsules – Commonly referred to as Indian Ginseng, Ashwagandha is another adaptogenic herb that has been widely recognised since ancient times. It has traditionally been used for its rejuvenating and restorative benefits. It is said to boost the immune system as well as reducing stress and fatigue.

By modulating the body's cortisol levels and the response to stress and changing environments, it helps the body to maintain its fine balance in order to cope with external and internal stresses we face, particularly around this time of year, such as toxins, anxiety and fatigue.

Here at Hellenia we make KSM-66® Ashwaghanda capsules. A registered trademark, meeting the highest quality standards. It is derived only from the roots of the plant, and extensive research & development have led to a unique extraction process that makes it the highest concentration full spectrum extract on the market.Ashwagandha


Vitamin B Complex Tablets – The more active you are the more B Vitamins you will need, and as B vitamins are water soluble they need to be replenished through the diet on a daily basis. They are needed for numerous processes within the body, and are important in helping to support the immune system, as well as in helping to reduce tiredness and fatigue. Vitamin B Complex TabletsOur Vitamin B complex formula provides you with all of the B Vitamins needed in maintaining the release of energy from food - they help to convert the food we eat into glucose which gives you energy – much needed at this time of year.


We hope you’ve picked up some useful information reading this article to carry with you during the festive period. A carefully considered supplements routine can help you to make it through the planning of Christmas as smoothly as possible; So all that’s left is to enjoy the day itself – Simple!

Here at Hellenia we’d like to thank all of our customer’s old and new for their business, and interest in Hellenia Healthfoods over the year. We will be closing over Christmas so to guarantee your delivery before Christmas we would recommend placing your order with us no later than Monday 17th December - although orders will be dispatched right up until Friday 22nd December. Any orders placed between Christmas and New Year will be dispatched following our return when the business reopens on Wednesday 2nd January.

Here’s wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy new year!


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