The Amazing B6!

Angie Szumlinski
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August 11, 2022
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I am not a big vitamin person; I was raised to eat a balanced diet and get as many nutrients from natural food sources as you can. Sure, if you have a clinical condition requiring you to take vitamins, by all means, take them! That said, a recent article published in myfooddata.com was very interesting. The article talked about the importance of Vitamin B6, a water-soluble vitamin that serves as a building block for building proteins, in red blood cell metabolism, and proper functioning of the nervous and immune systems. Who knew? 

The research also indicated that a long-term deficiency of vitamin B6 COULD lead to skin inflammation, depression, confusion, convulsions, and even anemia! That said, too much vitamin B6 can lead to nerve damage in the arms and legs. Researchers also found that vitamin B6 may be a new approach to treating depression and anxiety. What to do? Follow your mom’s advice, eat a balanced diet and get your nutrients from natural food sources. Sounds simple right? Well, honestly it isn’t rocket science and anyone can do it! 

So, what foods should you be consuming on a daily basis to maintain a balanced level of vitamin B6? Salmon (of course), don’t like salmon? How about tuna, chicken breast, tofu, lean pork chops, skirt steak, sweet potatoes, bananas, avocados… get my drift? Pretty much what mom said, a well-balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, and lean sources of protein. Oh, and did I mention pistachio nuts? There you have it, you may not need supplements but if you decide you want to try them, check with your PCP to be safe! Stay well and stay informed! 


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