Our vitamin today is B6 or Pyridoxine. I hardly know where to start describing all this vitamin does for us. It is necessary for hormonal balance. All of our cells need it. We need it to metabolize protein and produce stomach acid. We also need to help in the absorption of B12. It is also used in immune function and red cell production. Like the other B vitamins it works for the health of our nervous system. A pretty vital vitamin, wouldn’t you agree?
So how do we get this vitamin into our diet? The biggest supplier of B6 is bran – the kind found in unrefined rice and wheat. Yeah for whole grains. There is also dried herbs and spices, pistachios, raw garlic and liver (ewww ☺), fish (like tuna, salmon and cod), sunflower and sesame seeds, pork tenderloin, molasses, hazelnuts or filberts. Wow! It looks like there are a whole lot of delicious ways to work this into our menu (with the exception of the liver, of course). Check out the details at healthaliciousness.com.
What would be your favourite way to add more B6 into your diet? I’m voting for the hazelnuts.
The information about Vitamin B6 comes from the Encyclopedia of Natural Healing, Alive Publishing Group, 1997.
Jennifer is the happily married wife of a pastor and the somewhat-tired-but-oh-so happy mum to eight beautiful children. She loves to try new healthy recipes, sew, read to her children, garden and play the piano.
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