Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 works in the body to convert very abundant nutrients into nutrients the body needs that are not readily available. It also helps in producing chemicals in the brain that regulate mood, appetite, and sleep. Also during pregnancy this is a critical vitamin that is needed for the growing fetus and their brain development.

• Class of Vitamin: Water soluble (easily dissolves in water and is not stored in the body)

• What it does: it is part of a process that helps the body to use fat and protein in body functions.

• Good Sources: beef liver, banana, sweet potato, baked potato, chicken breast, spinach

• What happens if you consume too much of it: depression, fatigue, impaired memory, irritability, headaches, nerve damage causing numbness and muscle weakness, skin lesions

• How much is too much: more than 100 mg/day for adults

• What happens if you don’t consume enough: anemia, depression, confusion, abnormal brain wave pattern, convulsions, dermatitis

• Daily Requirement Intake: Adults (19-50 years old) 1.3 mg/day

This information can be found in any nutrition text book or on the National Institute of Health Website. This is only a basic description of vitamins and the amounts needed for an average adult diet of 2,000 calories. Some vitamins and foods may react with your body when on certain medications. Always consult your doctor before starting any supplements or diet. For further information consult with your Physician or a Registered Dietitian. Your way to excellent health starts with you.