Vitamins 101: The Vitamins You NEED In Your Diet

Vitamins 101: The Vitamins You NEED In Your Diet

March 17, 2022

By Nikki Hart, 
MSc Nutrition (Hons), Registered Nutritionist (NZ) 


Since vitamins were first discovered by biochemist Casimir Funk in the early 20th century, we have been able to prevent deficiency diseases by simple attention to the diet.


Research showed how vitamins worked in the body and that most of these vitamins that were found mainly in plants, had other beneficial properties. Collectively, we called these substances antioxidants.


We know that the old recommended daily allowances for fruit and vegetables were sufficient at preventing deficiency disease but there is now evidence to suggest that consuming more vitamins at a higher intake may provide further benefits to health.


New recommendations for adults include eating at least five servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit daily to be able to access all the nutrients needed for optimal health.


Importantly B group vitamins are responsible for releasing energy from food, creating new blood cells, and promoting a healthy nervous system.  But if you are not great at eating animal protein or leafy green vegetables, and avocados are too expensive in the winter, you need to find a way to boost these important vitamins.


There are actually eight B group vitamins… but let’s focus on vitamin B6 and its role in your health. If you don’t eat beef liver, tuna, salmon, or poultry, and green leafy veg is not a diet staple, then you could find your levels of vitamin B6 are low to moderate.


A severe or prolonged deficiency to vitamin B6 has shown to be linked to lowered immunity, depression, and confusion… and considering there are many people undiagnosed with coeliac disease, ulcerative colitis and Chron’s disease we need to ensure vitamin B6 is part of your daily intake.


We have added vitamin B6 to SHOJO to ensure your metabolism needs are met but also to cover you if your is diet low in vitamin B6 due to changed dietary habits.

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