Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, is one of eight B vitamins. It performs an important role in a variety of vital functions in the body:

• It allows the body to use and store energy from protein and carbohydrates in food
• It is essential for the formation of red blood cells/haemoglobin – the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen around the body
• It is important for normal brain development and for keeping the nervous system and immune system healthy

Good sources of vitamin B6
The recommended daily amount of vitamin B6 for adults is about 1.3 milligrams
Your body can’t store vitamin B for long, so you must replenish it each day through what you eat and drink. Most people get the vitamin B they need from a healthy varied and balanced diet.
Vitamin B6 is found in a wide variety of foods, including:
• Pork
• Poultry – such as chicken or turkey
• Fish – such as salmon and tuna
• Wholegrain and fortified cereals – such as oatmeal, wheatgerm and brown rice
• Eggs
• Vegetables – such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, spinach, peas and carrots
• Legumes – such as chickpeas and soya beans nuts –
• Nuts – such as peanuts and cashews
• Milk, yogurt and cheese – such as ricotta
• Bananas
• Tofu
• Avocados