Vitamin B6

B6 or Pyridoxine has many benefits, but its super-power is especially helpful for women because it helps balance our hormones and with fluid retention.

It’s usually taken when there is an increase in estrogen; during pregnancy, when taking birth control or after menopause. It can also provide relief of pms symptoms and anxiety. During pregnancy, it can help with the nausea & vomiting of morning sickness, which are often symptoms of B6 deficiency. This vitamin is also helpful in treating skin problems like dandruff, eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.

B6 is available in most food sources, but not in very high amounts, which is why deficiency is quite common without the help of a supplement. The richest source of B6 is in wheat germ. It’s also available in fish, chicken, egg yolk, soybeans, peanuts & walnuts. Good fruit & veggie sources include: bananas, prunes, cauliflower, cabbage, collard, mushrooms, spinach, bell peppers & avocados (all in their raw form though!).

Since I started this course I have discovered a common theme; wheat germ is really good for you! It is a good source of essential amino acids (help form protein) & fibre, and full of vitamins & minerals. You can buy a bag in the cereal isle of your local grocery store, and add a spoonful to oatmeal, smoothies, salads or baking.

If you’re eating a balanced diet of fruits, veggies & whole grains, supplementing 10-15mg is good insurance. For treatment purposes I would recommend no more than 50 – 100mg a few days a week for 2-3 weeks. The best way to take all B vitamins is together in a B50 or B100 Complex.

 

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