Vitamin B6

  • Vitamin B6 is known as pyridoxine.
  • It helps to absorb and metabolize amino acids, fats and carbohydrates, stabilize behavior and mood, produce red blood cells, and help the immune system.
  • Vitamin B6 is necessary for balancing hormonal changes in women and helps relieve premenstrual and menstrual pain and discomfort.
  • It protects the body from cancer and heart disease.
  • High Flux or high efficiency Dialyzers are known to clear Vitamin B6 from the blood but deficiency among Hemodialysis patients is rare.

Foods that are a good source of vitamin B6 include:

  • Wheat germ
  • Whole grains
  • Bananas
  • Avocado
  • Spinach
  • Green beans
  • Liver
  • Kidney
  • Egg yolk
  • Meat
  • Yeast

Signs of deficiency include cracked lips and angles of mouth, Anemia, Peripheral Neuropathy, convulsions, dermatitis, depression and Confusion.

Food Sources of Vitamin B6