Winter Health 2023
Protocol development in integrative medicine is not typically a simple process. Individuals require individualized care, and what works for one patient may not work for another.
To establish these protocols, we first developed a Rating Scale that could be used to discern the rigor of evidence supporting a specific nutrient’s therapeutic effect.
The following protocols were developed using only A through C-quality evidence.
Winter can be a beautiful yet challenging time of the year. The arrival of cooler temperatures and shorter days can significantly impact our immune health, mood, and resilience to stress.
Fullscript’s Integrative Medical Advisory Team (IMAT) has provided some evidence-based ingredients to help support these common health concerns. While many ingredients may be considered part of a wellness protocol, these ingredients were selected based on general safety, effectiveness, and broad applicability.
View this protocol in your Fullscript account to directly apply the product selections to your next treatment plan!
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
- Daily supplementation with ashwagandha may help increase resilience to stress and reduce the physical symptoms of stress such as feelings of anxiety and elevated blood pressure and heart rate. (Chandrasekhar 2012)
For more information on the uses of ashwagandha in other conditions, please refer to the ashwagandha ingredient review.
Variable based on ingredient and formulation
- Daily supplementation with B vitamins may help prevent depletions brought on by long-term stress, poor sleep, and a diet low in nutrients. (Porter 2016) In addition, supplementation may also help reduce the impact of stress on our mental and emotional well-being. (Stough et al. 2011)
For more information on B vitamins, check out our comprehensive guide to the B-vitamins.B vitamins in the Fullscript catalog
Immediate immune support: 3–4 g of vitamin C per day, as soon as symptoms appear and for the duration of the illness (Hemila 2013)
- Vitamin C is essential to human health and has well-documented antioxidant and immune-supportive properties. Vitamin C can be especially beneficial during illness as supplementation may help decrease the duration and severity of the common cold. (Johnstone 2014)
For more information on the uses of vitamin C in other conditions, please refer to the vitamin C ingredient review.Vitamin C in the Fullscript catalog
- Zinc plays a vital role in the health of connective tissues (e.g., bone, hair, skin, tendons, skin), the nervous system, and cognition (brain health). (Roohani et al. 2013) (Roohani et al. 2013) Zinc also supports our immune system, and studies have found that supplementation with this essential micronutrient may help reduce the duration of the common cold. (Hemilä 2011)(Hemila 2011)
For more information on the uses of vitamin C in other conditions, please refer to the zinc ingredient review.Zinc in the Fullscript catalog
Omega-3 fatty acids
2–4 g EPA + DHA daily, for a minimum of 3 months
- Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for human health and have cholesterol- and inflammation-lowering properties. (Harwood 2019)(Harwood 2019) In addition, daily supplementation may also support our mental and emotional well-being. (Wolters et al. 2021) (Wolters 2021)
For more information on the uses of omega-3 fatty acids in other conditions, please refer to the omega-3 fatty acids ingredient review.
Omega-3 fatty acids in the Fullscript catalog
- Vitamin D is categorized as a non-essential vitamin as it can be produced in the skin following sun exposure. However, it can be challenging to maintain optimal vitamin D levels during winter when days are shorter. In addition, these seasonal changes can also impact our mental and emotional well-being. Studies have found that daily supplementation with vitamin D can help maintain blood levels and improve symptoms of depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). (Gloth et al. 1999)(Menon 2018)
For more information on the uses of Vitamin D in other conditions, please refer to the Vitamin D ingredient review.Vitamin D in the Fullscript catalog
The following resources may support your patient with their fall wellness journey. Check out the in-app patient resource library for more handouts, guides, and infographics.
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