When following a vegan diet, it is important to be sure you are getting all vitamins and minerals necessary for good health. Nutrients, such as B vitamins, are of the most essential to sustaining life. This complex of 8 water-soluble vitamins: thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folate (B9), and cobalamin (B12) play a critical role in many important bodily functions.
Why are B’s a big deal? Many of these B vitamins are partners in our body’s metabolic pathways, which give you your daily energy! They also deliver important messages within our cells creating proteins and fats that are needed for optimal skin cell production. Jojoba oil, present in MMT’s Face Oil , is rich in B Complex which allows it to retain moisture when used on the skin or hair. It is also beneficial in smoothing the skin, decreasing the appearance of lines and evening out skin tone.
Since all B vitamins are water-soluble, the body does not store them in great quantities meaning we must include them in our daily diet. Luckily, most B vitamins are widely distributed throughout the food supply. They are found in fortified whole grains and cereals, some in legumes, nuts, and seeds, and even in dark green leafy vegetables. A lack of cobalamin (B12) can be a concern when following a vegan diet since the only natural source is animal products. Luckily, it can be easily attained by eating foods fortified with B12 or to by taking a daily supplement.
A deficiency in any of the B vitamins can be damaging to overall health. So keep eating your “B’s” for healthy skin, hair, muscles, and to keep your brain and nervous system properly functioning!
This is a new segment of our blog written by Amber Pelletier. Amber is a student of nutrition at Keene State College and the sister of Tara (one of our co-founders). She will be guest blogging for MMT sharing some of her knowledge on essential vitamins and minerals and how we can access them in our skincare and diet.
It's been 75 years since President Roosevelt enacted the executive order which allowed the U.S. military to exclude any and all persons from an area after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Although no single racial or ethnic group was mentioned in the order, hundreds of thousands of Japanese-Americans were forced out of their homes and moved into camps.
I recently interviewed my grandfather about what life was like as a Japanese-American post World War II. I hoped to gain insight into a part of my heritage which I’ll never experience first hand but am saddened by. It's impossible not to see parallels being drawn between the recent travel ban and past U.S. anti-Asian policies. I can't help but feel anxiety for how the current administration seems to be playing to the fears of a bigoted populism and what can be done to counter it.
Not just your potato’s best friend, this fresh and woody herb promotes hair growth and stimulates blood circulation. The fragrant oils in the rosemary leaf also dissolve excess and clogging sebum in hair follicles to balance oil production without over-drying. Make your own herbal tea hair rinse with fresh rosemary or apply hair oil with the essential oil.