#VitaminStories - Vitamin B6

By Bethan Hamilton, MMSc, ANutr, categorized in Stylish Science

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Another vitamin in the B family, that has its fingers in multiple pies.

What is it?

Vitamin B6 comes in many forms and is important in many reactions in our body. The majority of B6 is actually located in our muscles…

Why do we need it?

… this is because B6 plays a key role in the breakdown of protein, and in releasing energy from food.  However, B6 also helps to regulate the different hormones in our bodies, supports our immune and nervous systems, as well as reducing tiredness. Not to mention its role in the formation of red blood cells!

So, you can see it is pretty key, and as it is a water-soluble vitamin, we need to get B6 every day in our diet because we can’t store any excess that we consume.

How much do we need?

The recommended daily amount of B6 is 1.4 mg.

Where do we get B6 from?

Quite a lot of food sources contain B6, with a variety of plant-based sources, including bread, vegetables, soya beans and peanuts.

One guaranteed way to get 1/3 of your recommended daily intake, is by adding a scoop of Vega Essentials to your day, be that a smoothie, post-workout shake, or porridge!


Enjoy as part of a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet.

 Bethan Hamilton, MMSc, ANutr

Bethan Hamilton, MMSc, ANutr