Why you need pyridoxine (vitamin B6) during pregnancy?
Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, plays a very important role in developing your baby’s brain and nervous system. Vitamin B6 also helps your baby to metabolize protein and carbohydrates.
Many types of research have shown that extra vitamin B6 may relieve nausea or vomiting for some women during pregnancy, though it is not proven completely.
Vitamin B6 also helps your body to metabolize protein and carbohydrates and helps form new red blood cells, neurotransmitters and antibodies. The recommended amount of vitamin B6 during pregnancy is 1.9 milligrams (mg) per day.
Food sources of vitamin B6
Nuts, fish and lean meat are good sources of vitamin B6. Fortified bread and cereals can also be good sources of vitamin B6.
Listed below are some other good food sources of vitamin B6:
- one medium baked potato (with skin)
- one medium avocado
- 85 grams light chicken meat, cooked (without skin)
- 1 cup fortified breakfast cereal
- 85 grams wild salmon, cooked
- 1 cup spinach, cooked
- one medium banana
- 1 cup dried plums, pitted
- 28 grams hazelnuts, dry roasted
- 170 grams vegetable juice cocktail
(Note: 85 grams serving of meat or fish is about the size of a deck of cards.)
Should you take a vitamin B6 supplement?
You can get all you need from a diverse diet. Most prenatal vitamins also contain at least 100 per cent of the recommended amount.
If you are suffering from morning sickness, check with a doctor before taking additional B6 supplements. Don’t take too much may as it may not be safe for you or your developing baby.
Some high-potency multivitamins contain vitamin B6 in large amounts. You can get enough of B6 in your diet if you have a lot of fortified foods. Excessive of vitamin B6 can cause numbness and nerve damage.
The signs of a vitamin B6 deficiency are inflammation of the tongue, depression, sores or mouth ulcers and anemia. Mild deficiencies are not rare, but severe deficiencies are rare.
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