Vitamin B6 is important
for good digestion

How does Vitamin B6 work?

Vitamin B6 belongs to the B group of vitamins The group consists of 8 vitamins and each has a different effect. Some B vitamins affect each other. Vitamin B6 combines with vitamin B3 (niacin) in the diet, for example.

Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin and is also known as pyridoxine. This vitamin helps boost the body’s natural defences, and acts to aid digestion. Vitamin B6 is also involved in the metabolism, the process of splitting and formation of protein, and is also essential for preserving and maintaining the nervous system.

Vitamin B6 in the diet

Vitamin B6 is found primarily in meat, fish, eggs, cereal, potatoes and legumes. Other foods such as vegetables and dairy products contain vitamin B6 but in smaller quantities.

Vitamin B6 is water-soluble. Therefore vegetables that contain this vitamin should be cooked in as little water as possible and should not be cut into small pieces otherwise you will lose precious vitamins. Vitamin B6 is water soluble and sensitive to cooking. In case of cooking foods at temperatures higher than 100 ° C, the qualities of vitamin B6 can be somewhat diminished.

Lack of Vitamin B6

In adults there are no known consequences of deficiency of vitamin B6 in the blood.

Excess Vitamin B6

Too much vitamin B6 may adversely affect the nervous system and memory. For these reasons, vitamin B6 has an upper consumption limit of 25 mg per day.

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Following the placement of a gastric band or sleeve

If you recently underwent surgery for the placement of a gastric band or sleeve, it is important to take a lot of vitamin B6, say between 1.4 and 2.8 milligrams per day. This corresponds to 100-200% of the Recommended Daily Allowance.

Following gastric bypass surgery, duodenal switch or biliopancreatic diversion procedures

Because changes to the small intestine as a result of this type of intervention your requirement of vitamin B6 increases. The tract of the intestine that absorbs this vitamin has been bypassed, so that the degree of assimilation of vitamin B6 by the body is much lower. It becomes necessary to take between 2.8 and 4.2 milligrams, or 200 to 300% of the Recommended Daily Requirement, to provide your body with an adequate daily intake.

Absorption of Vitamin B6 from foods such as meat, fish and whole grains is difficult after weight loss surgery. Therefore, it is important to supplement the intake of vitamin B6 with WLS Forte or WLS Optimum multivitamin, formulated specifically to suit your needs.

WLS Optimum and WLS Forte can help you take on the adequate amount of vitamin B6, and all in just one capsule per day. For more information, please refer to our homepage:


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