Vitamins B6 and B12 are part of the vitamin B family. Vitamin B is a water soluble vitamin that plays a key role in many of our bodies functions. It plays a role in our cognitive function and production of red blood cells. We include B6 and B12, two types of vitamin B, in our line of women’s vitamins, because we know that you need your daily dose of vitamin B during every cycle of your life. Let’s take a look at what B6 and B12 can do for you!
One of B6 many benefits is helping relieve PMS symptoms, specifically those to do with mood. B6 plays a role in the function of some of our neurotransmitters associated with mood. When we lack enough B6, we are more irritable, anxious, fatigued and moody. However, when you get more B6 through food or a supplement, you will balance the function of those neurotransmitters and relieve these symptoms (1).
2. Morning Sickness
There have been multiple studies done on B6’s effectiveness when it comes to treating nausea and vomiting that many women's experiences during the beginning of pregnancy. One study showed that the number of women experiencing vomiting was much less when they took B6 when compared to a group given a placebo (2).
Where to get it
Different meats like turkey breast, chicken breasts, and grass fed beef are all excellent sources of B6.
Any cooked Tuna is a great way to incorporate B6 into your diet.
3. Nuts and Seeds
Pistachios and Sunflower seeds are great sources of vitamin B6, and easy to eat on the go.
- Boosts Energy and Fights Fatigue
One of the benefits of getting your daily dose of B12 is that it fights fatigue. One of the most common symptoms of people with a B12 deficiency is fatigue. Studies have shown that getting more B12 can fight those tired symptoms and work to boost your low energy (3).
2. Fetal Development
B12 plays a role in the growth and development of your baby. It helps make up necessary genetic material. So it's important to take your prenatal vitamin with B12 for a healthy pregnancy (4).
Where to get it
Clam, oysters, mussels, and crabs are all excellent sources of B12. They are perfect for incorporating into your summer recipes.
Tuna, salmon, and trout are also a good way to get your vitamin B12.
Start your day off with milk or yogurt to get your daily dose of B12.
We just highlighted a few of the health benefits and sources of these essential forms of vitamin B. There are so many more ways that these help your overall health. If you are looking to get more Vitamin B in your life, try BINTO. Not only will you get our daily vitamin (or prenatal if you’re trying to get pregnant), but you will also get our daily probiotic, non-toxic feminine care products, and more!
- “Office of Dietary Supplements - Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Vitamin B6.” NIH Office of Dietary Supplements, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 11 Feb. 2016, ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminB6-HealthProfessional/.
- Sahakian, V, et al. “Vitamin B6 Is Effective Therapy for Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy: a Randomized, Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Study.” Obstetrics and Gynecology., U.S. National Library of Medicine, July 1991, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2047064.
- Ehrlich, Steven D. “Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin).” Penn State Hershey Health Information Library, A.D.A.M., Inc. , 19 Oct. 2015, pennstatehershey.adam.com/content.aspx?productId=107&pid=33&gid=000332.
Babcock, Jillian. “Vitamin B12 Benefits and Deficiency Symptoms.” Dr. Axe, 21 June 2017, draxe.com/vitamin-b12-benefits/.