The Top Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) Rich Foods + Recipes

Why is Vitamin B6 important? How much do you need each day? What do deficiencies look like? Which foods and recipes contain it?

The Top Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) Rich Foods + Recipes

What is Vitamin B6?

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is one of the most active of all the B vitamins. It offers multiple benefits and comes in different forms. These include pyridoxine (PN), pyridoxal (PL), pyridoxal phosphate (P-5-P) and 4-pyridoxic acid (4PA).

Why is Vitamin B6 important and what does it do in the body?

Like most B vitamins, pyridoxine is involved in many crucial metabolic functions.These include the release of fuel from the liver in the form of glycogen, which supplies our muscles with energy. It is also involved in the formation of protein, the structural component of the body, as well as chemical neurotransmitters including dopamine, serotonin, nor-epinephrine and melatonin. It helps make nucleic acids which are essential for DNA and RNA formation. It also makes red blood cells and prostaglandins which help control inflammation.

Vitamin B6 supports the immune system by antibody production which protects us from infection. It plays a role in maintaining hormonal balance as well as controlling obesity. B6 helps balance sodium and potassium, thus supporting the regulation of body fluids and maintaining the correct pH balance in the blood system. When combined with magnesium, B6 helps to reduce oxalic acid salts and reduce the symptoms of gout and kidney stones. It has also been used to prevent the development of eclampsia (toxaemia) in pregnancy and reduce nausea and morning sickness. It also controls dandruff and dries oily skin – especially important in controlling acne. Elevated homocysteine and methylation disorders have been associated with many disorders including autism, heart disease and osteoporosis. Since this is so, supporting the methylation cycle with B6, folinic acid (MTHF is the best available form) and B12, plus magnesium may be highly important.

What amount of Vitamin B6 do you need each day?

Vitamin B6 is found in multivitamins and B complex vitamins. It is also sold individually as pyridoxine. The most bio-available source is pyridoxal phosphate (P-5-P).

The DRI (Daily Recommended Intake) /RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of dietary vitamin B6 are listed below:


  • Infants 0 - 6 months: 0.1 mg (adequate intake)
  • Infants 7 months - 1 year: 0.3 mg (adequate intake)
  • Children 1 - 3 years: 0.5 mg (RDA)
  • Children 4 - 8 years: 0.6 mg (RDA)
  • Children 9 - 13 years: 1 mg (RDA)
  • Boys 14 - 18 years: 1.3 mg (RDA)
  • Girls 14 - 18 years: 1.2 mg (RDA)


  • 19 - 50 years: 1.3 mg (RDA)
  • Men 51 years and older: 1.7 mg (RDA)
  • Women 51 years and older: 1.5 mg (RDA)
  • Pregnant women: 1.9 mg (RDA)
  • Breastfeeding women: 2.0 mg (RDA)

Recommended daily Allowance 2mg/Day

Optimal Daily Allowance 75mg/Day


What are possible Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) deficiency conditions and symptoms?




Carpal Tunnel syndrome

Convulsions and/or seizures

Cracking of the lips and/or tongue



Edema (Water Retention)


High cholesterol

Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)

Immune deficiency

Inability to tan


Kidney stones

Loss of Appetite

Memory Loss

Morning sickness

Numbness of hands and feet


Poor sleep and infrequent dream recall

Pre Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Seborrheic dermatitis

Cheilosis – cracks or splits at the corner of the mouth

Glossitis – sore and inflamed tongue

Sensitivity to Sun


What are possible Vitamin B6 excess symptoms?

Vitamin B6 is one of the few water-soluble B vitamins with any toxicity. This may occur if it is taken in moderate or high doses (exceeding 100mg) for extended periods.

Doses should be divided over the course of the day with no more than 50mg at any one dosage.

Neuropathy may develop with prolonged high-dose use.

Avoid supplementation during L-Dopamine treatment

What steals Vitamin B6 from the body?

There are many things that steal B6 from the body:



Processed food

Oral contraceptives

Penicillamine-anti rheumatic and lead poisoning therapeutic

Maleichydrazide – herbicide

Succinic acid-2, 2-dimethylhydrazide - fruit ripening agent

Tartrazine (FD&C yellow No.5- the food color and the mood stabilizer)

Valproicacid – an anti epileptic drug


Diuretics: Furosemide(lasix), Bumetamide (Bumex), Torsemide (Demadex) and Ethacrynic acid (Edecrin)

Broad spectrum antibiotics: Tetracycline, (Demeclocycline, Doxycycline and Methacycline), Amoxicillin/Clavulanic Acid (Augmentin), Vancomycin will kill off the colonies of beneficial bacteria in the gut that help make B6 vitamins.

What foods contain the highest amounts of Vitamin B6?

Top 10 Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) rich foods are:

1. Rice bran 4.07mg/100g

Recipe: Rice Bran Muffins

2. Dried chili powder 3.67mg/100g

Recipe: Carnitas Tacos

3. Pistachios 1.7mg/100g

Recipe: Raw Vegan Tart with Chocolate and Pistachios

Recipe: Pistachio Baked Chicken Tenders

4. Raw garlic 1.235mg/100g

Recipe: Four Ways to Consume Raw Garlic

5. Liver 1.04mg/100g

Recipe: Chicken Liver with Onions and Bacon

6. Salmon 1.04mg/100g

Recipe: Salmon Cakes

Recipe: Creamy Tomato Salmon Planks

7. Sunflower seeds 0.81mg/100g

Recipe: Cinnamon Spice Baked N'Oatmeal

Recipe: Rosemary Raisin Crackers

8. Pork tenderloin (lean)0.74mg/100g

Recipe: Pork with Braised Apples and Onions

9. Hazelnuts 0.62mg/100g

Recipe: Homemade Nutella

10. Cod .046mg/100g

Recipe: Cod in Parsley Sauce

Recipe: Oven Baked Cod Cakes

This article was written by Jonathan Tommey, CCN and Bella Grace, NTP. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Content should not be considered a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment.

Beef Bulgogi Bowls

Makes 2 Large Bowls


1 lb. grass-fed rib eye or sirloin steak

2 tablespoons cooking oil of choice

2 tablespoons coconut aminos

2 tablespoons freshly minced garlic

1 tablespoon raw honey or sweetener of choice

2 stems of green onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

4 cups dark leafy greens

2 cups roasted broccoli

3 large carrots, roasted

3 cups cauliflower rice

Homemade Mayo

+ hot sauce (to taste)

= spicy mayo!


1) To make the roasted vegetables, throw frozen broccoli and carrots onto a baking sheet, drizzle in cooking oil of choice, salt and pepper, and roast in the oven at 375F for 30 minutes or so. Remove and set aside.

2) Place the steaks in a large bowl with coconut aminos, minced garlic, raw honey, salt and pepper. Let marinate for 10-30 minutes.

3) In a large skillet, add cooking oil and saute the steaks (along with sauce) over medium high heat or until the steak is medium-well done.

4) Set the beef aside and slice into thin pieces.

5) Using the same pan, heat up your cauliflower rice in the skillet until piping hot.

5) To each bowl, add 2 cups of greens. Top greens with 1-2 carrots, 1 cup roasted broccoli, 1 1/2 cups cauliflower rice, 1/2 lb of steak and chopped green onion. Add a dollop of spicy mayo on the side, sprinkle with sesame seeds and enjoy!

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