Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) Why is it needed? Vitamin B6 performs a variety of tasks, the main of which is to ensure the exchange of amino acids — those «building blocks» from which proteins are built. It should be remembered that during pregnancy the need for proteins increases, because they are the building material for the tissues and organs of the fetus. Vitamin B6 is extremely important for the functioning of the nervous system, the uniform supply of glucose to cells and the release of carbohydrates accumulated in the muscles and liver into the blood. Vitamin B6 is involved in the production of red blood cells and their pigment, hemoglobin, which carries oxygen. Vitamin B6 plays an important role in the functioning of the immune system. Its lack leads to a decrease in the quantity and deterioration in the quality of antibodies against pathogens. Vitamin B6 deficiency in the diet of a pregnant woman also negatively affects her own body — leads to a more severe and prolonged course of early toxicosis. Sources Food sources of vitamin B6 are meat products, mainly liver and kidneys, various vegetables — potatoes, carrots, cabbage and cauliflower, tomatoes, lettuce, beans, beans. Fruits and berries also contain pyridoxine — such as bananas, lemons, oranges and grapefruits, cherries, sweet cherries, garden strawberries. In addition, this vitamin can be found in animal meat, fish, chicken eggs. Daily rate The daily requirement of a woman for Vitamin B6 during pregnancy and lactation is 2.1-2.3 mg. Vitamin B6 deficiency With a deficiency of this vitamin, depression, psychosis, increased irritability may occur, anemia may develop when the body is fully supplied with iron (hypochromic anemia), sometimes the mucous membrane of the oral cavity and tongue becomes inflamed, a red border appears around the lips, develop deramtitis. Non-pregnant women have premenstrual syndrome. In newborns and young children, inhibition processes in the central nervous system are disrupted, convulsive conditions develop that cannot be treated with conventional anticonvulsant drugs.