Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin that has a major role in the production of nerve chemicals that is responsible for cell to cell communication. Apart from its neurotransmitter function, it is also essential for fat and protein break down and formation, and helps to maintain immune health. Deficiency of this vitamin leads to nerve injuries, arthritis, depression, diabetes, ADHD and premenstrual syndrome.
How do we ensure we get enough B6 through food?
Do not discard the water in which you cook vegetables.
Do not overcook vegetables, B6 is heat sensitive and there are considerable losses in this vitamin due to heat.
Steam cook foods or consume produce in their fresh or raw state.
Good sources include cereal grains, legumes, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pistachios, cashews, hazelnuts, peas, chick peas, lentils, spinach, potatoes etc.
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