Vitamin B6 Foods

Vitamin B6 Foods

Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin that is necessary to the formation of red blood cells. This B vitamin also helps convert tryptophan to niacin and serotonin and is involved in the metabolism of amino acids and fatty acids.

Low levels of Vitamin B6 have been associated with depression and decreased immune and cognitive functions.

Strict vegetarians should be particularly aware of their intake of Vitamin B6, since it appears that the plant forms of this vitamin are not as available to your body as those from animal sources.

Here is a list of foods that are good sources of this important B vitamin.

Click here for a printable copy of this list.

Vitamin B6 Foods



Fortified and Enriched cereals and grains and products made with them.

Tomato Juice

Chicken breast



Lima Beans

Garbanzo Beans

Soy Beans

Brussels Sprouts




Winter Squash

Sweet Potatoes





A little more information

Water-soluble vitamins, as the name suggests, can be dissolved in water, so they are absorbed directly into your blood stream. They travel freely though the blood to the sites in your body where they are needed and any excess can be removed by the kidneys and excreted through the urine.

Vitamins in foods can be destroyed by light, heat and oxygen. Storage methods and food preparation techniques will affect the amount retained by the foods. To minimize this problem, refrigerate produce in airtight containers, and during preparation, steam or cook vegetables lightly, avoiding high temperatures and extended cooking times whenever possible.Note: The consumption of alcohol destroys Vitamin B6 and can be linked to an increased risk of heart disease. 

Fun Fact: When you add fresh or frozen vegetables to soup or stew, the nutrients go into the broth of the soup rather than being washed down the drain, as is the case when you cook vegetables in water and throw away the cooking water.

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