Guidelines on vitamin B6

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has been reviewing scientific advice on nutrient intakes and has set the following values for vitamin B6:

  • 0.3 mg for infants aged 7-11 months;
  • 0.6 to 1.4 mg for children aged 1-14;
  • 1.7 mg for men and boys aged 15-17, and 1.6 mg for women and girls aged 15-17;
  • 1.8 mg for pregnant women and 1.7 mg for lactating women.

New data was used to establish the average requirement for women and then this figure was used to extrapolate average requirements for men, children, infants, pregnant and lactating women.

Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin that contributes to the body’s energy metabolism, the normal functioning of the nervous system, red blood cell formation and the regulation of hormonal activity. Foods that contain vitamin B6 include fish, poultry, liver, potatoes and non-citrus fruit.

For more information about vitamin B6 on the efsa.europa.eu website