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Vitamin B6 and Anemia

People who don't consume enough folate (vitamin B6) are at risk of anemia.

Anemia is a condition in which the blood does not supply the body with enough oxygen, either because

  • There are not enough red blood cells circulating in the body or
  • Those red blood cells don't contain enough hemoglobin. 

Hemoglobin is the iron-containing pigment that gives blood its ability to carry oxygen. The body needs Vitamin B6 to make hemoglobin.

To be sure you consume enough vitamin B6, eat a diet rich in whole grains, leafy greens, and legumes. One cup of lentils provides nearly 90% of the recommended daily allowance of folate.  Other excellent sources of folate are beef liver, yellowfin tuna, and salmon.

Learn more about anemia.