Nutrition for the Brain: Vitamin B6


Vitamin B6 for Brain Health

In the book “The Disconnected Kids The Nutrition Plan,” Dr. Robert Melillo explores the most important nutrients for brain health, like Vitamin B6, that also happen to be vitamins and minerals that children with developmental issues like autism and ADHD are most commonly deficient. This series, “Nutrition for the Brain,” will explore the nutrients that are most important to brain development and childhood health.


Also known as pyridoxine, Vitamin B6 is essential to the production of neurotransmitters which allow the brain and nerve cells to communicate with one another.  It is also responsible for key metabolic processes and acts as a coenzyme in the breakdown and utilization of carbohydrates, fat and protein. It works in conjunction with Vitamin B12 to reduce homocysteine levels.


In conjunction with magnesium, Vitamin B6 has been found to reduce symptoms of Autism and pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). Studies have shown that B6 and magnesium supplementation may benefit as many as half of children with autism.


Since B vitamins are water-soluble and not stored in the body, it’s important to get adequate amounts daily through food. Many of the top food sources of Vitamin B6 are already commonly found on the dinner table.

  • Banana
  • Grass-fed Beef
  • Chicken
  • Pistachios
  • Salmon
  • Spinach
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tuna
  • Turkey

More information on Vitamin B6 can be found on page 97 of my book “The Disconnected Kids Nutrition Plan” and the National Institutes of Health website.


Vitamin B6 Dr Robert Melillo


Disconnected Kids Nutrition Plan

Dr. Robert Melillo’s Brain Balance program has helped thousands of families across the country, offering a drug-free, scientifically based method for addressing a wide range of conditions, including autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. In this new book, he presents the nutritional side of The Brain Balance Program, featuring guidelines, tips, and kid-friendly recipes based on the latest scientific research on how food affects the brain.

Disclaimer: The information presented on this web site is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment of specific medical conditions. Discuss this information with your healthcare provider to determine what is right for you and your family.

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