Vitamin B6 is also referred to as pyridoxine, and like folic acid, it belongs to the vitamin B group. It ensures an optimal uptake of vital protein from our food. Pregnant women have an increased protein requirement and thus an increased need for vitamin B6. In addition, vitamin B6 is involved in blood formation. As the blood volume increases by more than one litre during pregnancy, it is also important for blood formation. Furthermore, vitamin B6 assumes important functions of the nervous system and supports the immune system.
Why is vitamin B6 so important?
Good sources of vitamin B6
Fish or meat, wholemeal products or vegetables – vitamin B6 is widely contained in foods. Beans and bananas are particularly rich in vitamin B6. Note that vitamin B6 is very delicate. It is water-soluble and exposure to UV light will destroy it. It is advisable to buy food as fresh as possible and prepare it gently and quickly. Studies have shown that vitamin B6 deficiencies mostly occur in the last trimester of pregnancy. An additional intake of vitamin B6 is therefore recommended, and can be made up for with dietary supplements.
Severe deficiency results in dermatological and neurological problems, eye complaints and anaemia. You should not risk vitamin B6 deficiency!