Continuing with the benefits of B vitamins; we’ve made it to Vitamin B6 or Pyridoxine. This vitamin has many benefits, but its super-power is especially helpful for women because it helps balance our hormones and with fluid retention. That being said, it’s usually taken when there is an increase in estrogen; like during pregnancy, when taking birth control or after menopause. It can also provide relief of common pms symptoms such as tender breasts, cramps, acne and mood swings. And during pregnancy it can help with the nausea & vomiting of morning sickness, which are often symptoms of B6 deficiency. This vitamin is also helpful in treating skin problems like dandruff, eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.
B6 is available in most food sources, but not in very high amounts, which is why deficiency is quite common (a nutritionist can help you determine if you’re deficient). The richest source of B6 is in wheat germ. It’s also available in protein sources such as: fish, chicken, egg yolk, peanuts & walnuts. Good fruit & veggie sources include: bananas, prunes, cauliflower, cabbage, collard, mushrooms, spinach, bell peppers & avocados (all in their raw form though!).
Since I started this course I have discovered a common theme; wheat germ is really good for you! It is a good source of essential amino acids (which help form protein) and full of vitamins. I recently bought a bag of Blue Menu Wheat Germ from Loblaws, which can be added to oatmeal or smoothies for breakfast. You can also sprinkle some on your salads, in soup or in pasta sauces for a vitamin & protein boost!
Have a good weekend!