Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) Explained

Menopausal lady checks orange juice for NRVs.

Making sense of the ingredients in products can be confusing at the best of times, but when it comes to health products and supplements there is even more information to tackle, such as the NRV (Nutrient Reference Value).  This is the same thing as the old RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance); the values have stayed the same, but the name is more representative of what those numbers mean in real terms.

Calling it an “allowance” meant a lot of people believed it was unsafe to exceed that daily allowance, so the name change is welcome.  Nutrient Reference Value might sound a little more vague but it doesn't imply that an allowance should not be exceeded, leading to less worry for consumers.  NRVs are set based on the amounts the average adult needs to avoid deficiency of a particular vitamin or mineral, so getting 100% of the NRV each day simply means you're avoiding developing a deficiency, it doesn't actually mean you're getting as much as you might need for optimum health. 

In some cases, the idea that exceeding the NRV of a particular compound means your body will simply excrete the excess is correct if the nutrient is delivered in a form that isn't easily absorbed.  That's why you'll see particular sources of a mineral or vitamin used in the MenoShake because we've chosen the most easily absorbed, beneficial source.

B vitamins, especially B6 and B12 are really important for digestive health, energy and cognitive function, boosting serotonin to help manage low moods, and managing inflammation.  With digestive issues, brain fog, low mood and joint pain all common menopause symptoms, we benefit from higher doses of this vitamin.

We have doubled the NRV for vitamin K because it's absolutely vital for bone health – with osteoporosis a common risk in menopause it's really important to keep our bones as strong as possible.  Weight bearing exercises are excellent for this, but making sure we have enough vitamin K to cope with these workouts is an important foundation. 

Vitamin K is found in high concentrations in leafy green vegetables, and even with the best will in the world most of us won’t be eating perfect amounts of spinach and broccoli etc… every single day.  With 200% of the NRV for vitamin K included in the MenoShake you don't have to worry, and because you're mixing with milk (or a calcium enriched alternative) you're also getting plenty of calcium on top of the 100% NRV in the shake itself.

The other compound we have boosted in the MenoShake is biotin.  Biotin is vital for healthy skin, hair and nails, all of which can suffer due to falling hormone levels.  By putting 1,600% NRV in we have ensured that you'll look as good on the outside as you do on the inside, because feeling good when we look in the mirror is a real mental health boost.

These are just a few examples of where eating more than the NRV levels of  certain nutrients can be helpful during the perimenopausal phase of our lives. Armed with the right knowledge we can be confident about the NRVs of both supplements and foods, and know which nutrients we should safely be getting more of for optimum health before, during and after menopause. If you’ve got any questions about the levels of any of the vitamins or minerals in our MenoShake, then please do get in touch and we will be happy to answer your query.

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