Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6

Pyridoxine is important for the function of more than 60 enzymes. It helps the body to use and store energy from protein and carbohydrates in food and helps the formation of haemoglobin which carries oxygen around the body. It also helps the production of antibodies to fight infections, help maintain the nervous system and keep skin healthy.

Good Food Sources include chickpeas, pork, poultry, fish, bananas, peanuts, soya beans, oats, milk and some fortified breakfast cereals.

Recommended intake is about 1.4mg for men and 1.2mg for women.

Deficiency can cause anaemia, fatigue, burning skin sensation, weakness, depression, irritability, nerve damage and seizures in extreme cases.

Tip;  Oral contraceptives use may increase requirements of Pyridoxine.


  • Deficiency can lead to Vitamin C deficiency
  • The bacteria in you bowel can also make Vitamin B6