Vitamins are either essential or non-essential. The non-essential ones can be made by the body, while the essential ones MUST come in your diet. Learn which vitamins you need and which juices provide them.

Flavonoids (Formerly called Vitamin P)

Found in green tea and other plants, vitamin P is not actually a vitamin but a group of compounds called flavanoids. These chemicals are thought to help protect against radiation damage.

Vitamin D is the “sunshine” vitamin.

Vitamin D deficiency is more wide-spread than most people realise. In some places of the world, its very difficult for your skin to manufacture this “sunshine” vitamin because of low sunlight levels, people hiding from the heat of the day, or simply because sunblock prevents the UV rays from getting through to your skin.

Biotin (vitamin B7) an enzyme co-factor

Biotin is one of the vitamins most people have not heard of. Even by the common name of B7, people still scratch their heads. Biotin is a necessary to help many of the bodies enzymes carry out their functions. Making, storing and releasing energy are three important uses for this co-enzyme.

Vitamin A a multi-functional, essential vitamin.

Vitamin A is extremely important for a number of reasons most notably the maintenance and growth of membranes (including the retina of the eye), but it is also a toxic vitamin in high doses. Read how early artic explorers and their dogs faced death when eating the vitamin A rich livers of polar bears.

Vitamin B6 – brain, blood, energy and DNA

Vitamin B6 is essential for so many processes in the body, ranging from brain function to energy production. Deficiency is rare, but can occur in some individuals. Read to find out more.

Vitamin B17 isn’t really a vitamin at all

Vitamin B17 is actually manufactured from the pits of various fruits. However, the body breaks this up into a couple of compunds, cyanide being one of them. Does the body actually have a use for this vitamin? Read to find out.

Vitamin B12 – a common problem for vegans

It is really difficult to be deficient in Vitamin B12 unless you are a vegan. A deficiency develops over years and can lead to pernicious anemia. It’s found easily in animal products.

Vitamin B1 (thiamin) – an energy carrier

Vitamin B1 is involved in the release of energy in the body. Together with B2 and B3, they are needed in transforming fats, carbohydrates and amino acids into forms that can be used in the body.

What are antioxidants and free radicals?

Antioxidants are chemicals that can clean up rogue free radicals in the body. In doing so, they remove potentially harmful free radicals from circulation. However, not all free radicals are bad, and not all antioxidants are good.