Tired? Cracked lips? Brittle nails? You could be lacking in the ‘wonder vitamin’ – and carbs, stress and booze could be to blame.
We’ve all had it drummed into us that we need vitamin D, the so-called ‘sunshine’ vitamin, for healthy bones and a strong immune system.
But there’s another vitamin you probably never think of that’s crucial for energy, mood and brain power – vitamin B.
Only yesterday, Australian scientists revealed that vitamin B3 during pregnancy could slash the number of birth defects and miscarriages worldwide.
Known also as niacin, vitamin B3 helps to correct a nutrient deficiency that can stop babies’ organs developing correctly.
But there are many more, little-known reasons why it boosts our health.
For example, vitamin B6 can help the body manufacture neurotransmitters (brain chemicals that communicate information throughout our brain and body) such as serotonin. This helps the body to cope depression, stress and anxiety.
Meanwhile, a lack of vitamin B2 gives us those unsightly cracks around the mouth and a shortage of B7 can lead to brittle hair and nails.
The good news? Most of us get more than vitamin B through our diet – many cereals, for example, are fortified with it, and it’s found in a wide variety of foods.