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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In this critically important talk, clinical psychologist Julia Rucklidge explores a range of scientific research, including her own, showing the significant role played by nutrition in mental health or illness.

Julia J Rucklidge, PhD is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Originally from Toronto, she did her training in neurobiology (McGill) and Clinical Psychology (University of Calgary). Her interests in nutrition and mental illness grew out of her own research showing poor outcomes for children with significant psychiatric illness despite receiving conventional treatments for their conditions. For the last 6 years, she has been investigating the role of micronutrients in the expression of mental illness, specifically ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, anxiety and more recently, stress and PTSD associated with the Canterbury earthquakes.

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This is my first nutrition video on micronutrients. After 5 minutes you should have a broad understanding of what vitamins and minerals ACTUALLY are and why they’re essential to our diet. To find out more about their uses in medicine and health promotion, click on the informative links below!

I’ll be doing a Micronutrition blog post on the website too, so watch out for that!

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VITAMINS

Chemical Structures

The Chemical Structures of Vitamins

Vitamin A (retinol, retinal, retinoic acid, carotenes)
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminA-Consumer/

Vitamin B1 (thiamin, thiamine)
https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-b1-thiamine

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Riboflavin-Consumer/

Vitamin B3 (niacin)
http://www.nutri-facts.org/eng/vitamins/vitamin-b3-niacin/at-a-glance/

Vitamin B5 (pantothenic Acid, pantothenate, panthenol)
https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-b5-pantothenic-acid

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine, pyridoxamine, pyridoxal)
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminB6-Consumer/

Vitamin B7 (biotin)
http://www.nutri-facts.org/eng/vitamins/vitamin-b7-biotin/at-a-glance/

Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid, Folate)
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Folate-Consumer/

Vitamin B12 (cobalamin, cyanocobalamin, hydroxocobalamin)
http://www.nutri-facts.org/eng/vitamins/vitamin-b12-cyanocobalamin/at-a-glance/

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-Consumer/

Vitamin D (calciferol, cholecalciferol, ergocholecalciferol)
https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/what-is-vitamin-d/

Vitamin E (tocopherols, tocotrienols)
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminE-Consumer/

Vitamin K (phylloquinones, menaquinones)
http://www.nutri-facts.org/eng/vitamins/vitamin-k-phylloquinone/at-a-glance/

MINERALS

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vitamins-minerals/Pages/Other-vitamins-minerals.aspx
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