Top 10 Foods Highest in Vitamin B6

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Top 10 Foods Highest in Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine, pyridoxal, pyridoxamine) is a water-soluble vitamin necessary for the proper maintenance of red blood cell metabolism, the nervous system, the immune system, and many other bodily functions.

A long-term deficiency in vitamin B6 can lead to skin inflammation (dermatitis) depression, confusion, convulsions, and even anemia. Recent studies also suggest that a diet low in vitamin B6 increases the risk of heart disease.

Conversely, too much vitamin B6 taken from supplements can lead to nerve damage in the arms and legs.

Foods high in vitamin B6 include fish, chicken, tofu, pork, beef, sweet potatoes, banans, potatoes, avocados, and pistachios. The daily value (% DV) for vitamin B6 is 1.7mg per day.

Below is a list high vitamin B6 foods sorted by a common serving size, see the nutrient ranking of all foods high in vitamin B6 to sort by 100 grams or 200 calories.

Foods High in Vitamin B6

Salmon Fillets

#1: Salmon

Vitamin B6
per 6oz Fillet
Vitamin B6
per 100g
Vitamin B6
per 200 Calories
1.6mg
(94% DV)
0.9mg
(56% DV)
1mg
(61% DV)

More Fish High in Vitamin B6

-104% DV in a 6oz tuna fillet
-46% DV in a 6oz snapper fillet
-43% DV in a 5.5oz mahi-mahi fillet

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A roast chicken

#2: Lean Chicken Breast

Vitamin B6
in a 6oz Breast
Vitamin B6
per 100g
Vitamin B6
per 200 Calories
1.6mg
(92% DV)
0.9mg
(54% DV)
1.2mg
(69% DV)

More Poultry High in Vitamin B6

-108% DV in 6oz of ground turkey
-81% DV in 6oz of roast turkey breast
-33% DV in a roast chicken thigh

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A block of tofu

#3: Fortified Tofu

Vitamin B6
per Cup
Vitamin B6
per 100g
Vitamin B6
per 200 Calories
1.1mg
(66% DV)
0.5mg
(29% DV)
1.1mg
(64% DV)

More Soy Products High in Vitamin B6

-24% DV in 1 cup of edamame (green soybeans)
-21% DV in 1 cup of tempeh
-14% DV in 1 cup of tofu (unfortified)
A pork chop

#4: Lean Pork Chops

Vitamin B6
in a 6oz Chop
Vitamin B6
per 100g
Vitamin B6
per 200 Calories
0.9mg
(54% DV)
0.5mg
(32% DV)
0.6mg
(32% DV)

More Pork High in Vitamin B6

-37% DV in 3oz of pork tenderloin
-33% DV in 1 cup of cured ham
-28% DV in 1oz of salami

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A steak on a plate

#5: Beef (Skirt Steak)

Vitamin B6
per 6oz Steak
Vitamin B6
per 100g
Vitamin B6
per 200 Calories
0.8mg
(48% DV)
0.5mg
(28% DV)
0.4mg
(21% DV)

More Red Meat High in Vitamin B6

-41% DV in 3oz of beef roast
-28% DV in 3oz of buffalo sirloin
-21% DV in a 3oz beef hamburger

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Sweet Potatoes

#6: Sweet Potatoes

Vitamin B6
per Cup Mashed
Vitamin B6
per 100g
Vitamin B6
per 200 Calories
0.6mg
(35% DV)
0.2mg
(14% DV)
0.5mg
(27% DV)

More Vegetables High in Vitamin B6

-26% DV in 1 cup of spinach
-23% DV in 1 cup of acorn squash
-20% DV in 1 cup of peas

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Bananas

#7: Bananas

Vitamin B6
per Cup Sliced
Vitamin B6
per 100g
Vitamin B6
per 200 Calories
0.6mg
(32% DV)
0.4mg
(22% DV)
0.8mg
(49% DV)

More Fruits High in Vitamin B6

-12% DV in 1 cup of mango pieces
-11% DV in 1 cup of pineapple chunks
-9% DV in 1 cup of honeydew melon balls

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Potatoes

#8: Potatoes

Vitamin B6
in a Medium Potato
Vitamin B6
per 100g
Vitamin B6
per 200 Calories
0.5mg
(32% DV)
0.3mg
(18% DV)
0.7mg
(39% DV)
Half an avocado

#9: Avocados

Vitamin B6
per Avocado
Vitamin B6
per 100g
Vitamin B6
per 200 Calories
0.5mg
(30% DV)
0.3mg
(15% DV)
0.3mg
(19% DV)
Pistachios

#10: Pistachios

Vitamin B6
per 1 Oz Handful
Vitamin B6
per 100g
Vitamin B6
per 200 Calories
0.5mg
(28% DV)
1.7mg
(100% DV)
0.6mg
(36% DV)

More Nuts and Seeds High in Vitamin B6

-25% DV in 10 roasted chestnuts
-22% DV in 1oz of dried sunflower seeds
-9% DV in 1oz of walnuts

Try to find raw pistachios or walnuts as roasting destroys some of the vitamin B6. See all nuts and seeds high in vitamin B6.

See All 200 Foods High in Vitamin B6

High Risk Groups for a Vitamin B6 Deficiency

  • Alcoholics - Alcohol promotes the loss and destruction of vitamin B6 from the body.
  • Impared Renal Function - People with kidney disease who are on dialysis are at risk for being deficient in vitamin B6.
  • Autoimmune Disorders - People with rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), and other malabsorptive autoimmune disorders tend to have low levels of vitamin B6.

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Data Sources and References

  1. U.S. Agricultural Research Service Food Data Central
  2. Office of Dietary Supplements Fact Sheet: Vitamin B6

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