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Nutrition Nugget - Vitamin B6

We all want to function at our best and it starts at the plate. How and what we eat is a very important element of our overall health. At times it seems like there is too much information to process about nutrition. It is not helped by the marketing practices of health products. This can lead to confusion and frustration. When we are frustrated we tend to throw our hands up and quit. We are not going to let you quit. To help you make sense of sea of information, we will break it down into simplified nuggets.

Today's Nutrition Nugget is about Vitamin B6.


Vitamin B6 is a micro-nutrient. This means the body needs these in very small amounts. Vitamin B6 is known as Pyridoxine. Vitamin B6 is water soluble. This means Vitamin B6 is passed in urine when not immediately used by your body. Vitamin B6 helps with building body tissue. It helps produce insulin, hemoglobin, and antibodies.


Where We Get Vitamin B6

The best source of Vitamin B6 is in your food. (Remember, your specific diet is a decision best left to you and your qualified health care provider.) Vitamin B6 is found mainly in meats and some plant sources.


Vitamin B6 is in Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts and Grains:

Vegetables - Avocado, Garbonzo Beans, Potato, Sweet Potatoes, Squash, Spinach, Onion,

Fruits - Banana, Plantain, Prune, Raisin, Watermelon

Nuts - Peanuts, Walnuts

Grains - Bran, Oats, Wheat (also in breads and pastas from grains)


Vitamin B6 is in Meats and Seafood:

  • Meats and Animal Products - Beef, Pork, Chicken, Turkey, Venison, Beef Kidney, Animal Livers

  • Fish and Seafood- Herring, Mackerel, Bluefish, Halibut, Snapper, Salmon, Tuna


Remember, getting the best out of your food doesn't require a hefty price tag. Add variety in the sources of your nutrition. When it comes to nutrition there is little difference between fresh, frozen or canned.


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