Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

Why do you need pyridoxine?
Pyridoxine is essential in protein metabolism and the nervous system. It is also necessary for red blood cell formation and function.

What are the sources of pyridoxine?
Chicken, pork, turkey, fish (eg coalfish), poultry, vegetables (eg green beans, spinach), nuts, lentils, fruits (eg bananas),whole grain products are good sources of pyridoxine.

How much pyridoxine do you need?
Pyridoxine is a water soluble vitamin thus it dissolves in water and is not stored,which means we need a continuous supply of Pyridoxine in our diets. Water-soluble vitamins are easily destroyed or washed out during food storage or preparation. Proper storage and preparation of food can minimize their losses.

Age/Life Stage Males(mg/d) Females(mg/d)

Children

 

1-3 years

0.9

0.9

4-6 years

0.9

0.9

7-9 years

1.6

1.6

Adolescents

10-12 years

1.6

1.6

13-15 years

2.0

2.0

16-17 years

2.0

2.0

Adult sedentary

2.0

2.0

Pregnancy

NA

2.5

Lactation

NA

2.5

(ICMR,2010)