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Health & Wellbeing / Ali Horsfall

The Vitamins That Will Supercharge Your Morning

Being endlessly busy, burning the candle at both ends, or just having low motivation when it comes to sorting the weekly supermarket shop, can leave our bodies screaming out for nutritional goodness.

So it’s no wonder that when taste-testing t plus vitamin-smart teas as a way to supplement our vitamin intake, we were totally on board from the get-go. This new generation multivitamin tea is cleverly made by blending functional herbs with 50% of the recommended daily allowance of nine essential vitamins, meaning you can down your morning (or afternoon) cuppa and be slightly smug in the knowledge that you’re giving your body a much-needed nourishing boost.

Want to know more? Well, grab your t plus Multea Lemon and Peach Tea from this month’s Pink Parcel and let’s take a look at *exactly* what’s loaded in these super teabags and why they can give us that all-important vit-hit.

Vitamin C

Really, what’s not to love about this powerhouse vitamin? Vitamin C boosts immunity – such as reducing the symptoms and length of a cold, it increases the amount of iron the body can absorb from natural plant sources such as kale, spinach and sprouts, plus it’s packed with antioxidants so will protect against free radical damage and toxic chemicals and pollutants. In short, our bodies need Vitamin C to protect cells in the body and keep them healthy so add it to your daily agenda.

Vitamin B complex

Think of this as a very efficient team of B vitamins all working together and doing specific jobs towards the healthy functioning of your body. The Vitamin B complex found in t plus super teas is made up of:

Vitamin B2

Here’s a vitamin that’s super-important for maintaining healthy blood cells, keeping energy levels high, sorting out our metabolism, promoting growth and protecting skin and eye health too. Yep, it’s a good-un. Dietary sources of Vit B2 include liver, seaweed and almonds, but did we mention you can get it in a t plus cuppa too? Bonus.

Vitamin B6

Tons of foods such as pork, chicken, turkey, cod, bread, whole cereals, eggs, vegetables, soya beans, peanuts, milk and potatoes are rich in Vitamin B6 and now your morning tea can contain it too. Hurrah. But why do we need it? Well, vitamin B6 allows the body to use and store energy from protein and carbohydrates so it can help reduce tiredness and fatigue on a day-to-day basis. It’s also great for regulating hormonal activity in the body.

Vitamin B1

This was the first B vitamin that scientists discovered (hence the number one, duh) and is a total workhorse in the body. It’s rich in anti-aging properties, can improve concentration power and is involved in the body’s production of energy. A lack of B1 in the body can cause memory problems, mental confusion, lack of appetite and problems with balance, so get yours with plenty of fish, pork, seeds, nuts, whole wheat bread, green peas, squash, asparagus, soybeans, and beans – the clever blend of B vitamins in t plus tea will give you a boost too.

Vitamin B12

B12 – an essential in the Vitamin B complex in t plus tea – is not something the body can produce itself, so a regular intake is vital to keep the body tip-top. Ensuring you get your RDA keeps the nervous system working, helps blood-cell formation (preventing anemia), kick-starts brain function and digestion and can even enhance our mood, warding off depression and anxiety. We’ll take that.

Vitamin B5

A healthy digestive tract can be helped with a regular dose of Vitamin B5 as well as aiding immunity in the process. For any of us women taking oral contraceptives, it’s extra beneficial as the pill can pose a greater risk of developing a vitamin B5 deficiency. B5 is also known to work at alleviating chronic stress and anxiety so it’s a good one to have in your vitamin toolbox – it works in harmony with other vitamins in the B Vitamin complex to help to body run efficiently.

Vitamin B3

This a water-soluble B vitamin is naturally found in lean meats, fish, peanuts, mushrooms, brown rice and yeast and has a wide range of uses in the body helping the digestive system, skin and nervous system, lowering cholesterol, and easing arthritis.

Vitamin B7

You may have heard of this wonder vitamin being amazing for hair and nails. Vitamin B7, also known as Biotin, is found in small amounts in many foods such as eggs, milk, or bananas and is especially important for preventing hair loss or brittle nails.

Folic acid

This vitamin in the ‘B’ family is absolutely key for producing new, healthy cells in the body and worryingly, studies have shown that many people in the UK are actually deficient in it. Folic acid is normally found in foods such as dried beans, peas, lentils, oranges, whole-wheat products, liver, asparagus, beetroot, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and spinach – but if you find your fridge is empty of these goodies, a cup of t plus tea can help towards your RDA. If you’re thinking of conceiving anytime soon, folic acid is also the one.

What else?

As well as being packed with essential health-boosting vitamins, t plus super teas contain functional botanicals, seeds and antioxidant green tea to create a powerful, punchy brew. Multea Lemon and Peach Tea, found in April’s Pink Parcel, is a blend of beneficial herbs – rosemary, cardamom, spearmint with green tea, finished off with natural lemon and peach fruit for a refreshing, invigorating drink. It’s time to swap our standard herbal tea we think?


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