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Supplements for cold season runners

It was only after I was diagnosed with MS and started to have some challenges that I started running (slowly jogging)! I became addicted to the feeling of strength and power I got from even a 3-5km route.

In 2018 I participated in a sprint duathlon (I also love cycling). It wasn’t about winning, it was about reaching a personal best/goal and completing it! I trained for months and in the end, I did achieve my PB, I did complete it, and not in last place! However, I did end up injuring myself with a torn meniscus.

I have always aimed to treat my health and recovery naturally, so I started with physiotherapy and added some key supplements to my regime and was able to successfully recover without medications or surgery…and I am running again!

Supplements can have a significant impact on your running health.

For injuries or fatigued muscles, I use Bromelain, curcumin, and magnesium to help support my recovery. I already take a few anti-inflammatory supplements as part of my daily regime, which you can find at

As the weather is changing and people are craving options for exercise, running into the colder months is a growing trend, no longer just something only really committed runners do.

Whether you are already an avid runner or just getting started, knowing what supplements will help you recover and manage any deficiencies is key to having a successful running season.

While I have my own experience, I also received my certifications in general and fitness nutrition from the Canadian Academy of Sports Nutrition.

Through that training I have learned that there are key supplements that are recommended to runners in the colder weather, specifically: vitamin D, omega 3, antioxidant, zinc, and anti-inflammatories.

Let’s look at why they are important!

Vitamin D

Shared from CAASN, Vitamin D has many key functions including, but not limited to:

a. It increases the absorption of calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, and zinc. It is important for maintaining normal function of the muscles and heart.

b. It is required for a healthy immune system.

c. It may affect inflammation.

d. It is necessary for normal development of the bones and teeth.

e. It is important for normal function of the nervous system and blood clotting.

f. It is important for regulating blood levels of insulin.

Overall vitamin D can aid in strengthen bones, immune system, heart, and in balancing insulin, all of which will help you train better, longer, and recover faster.