All B vitamins, including vitamin B12 and folate, are important for a woman’s metabolism, preventing fatigue and boosting cognitive function. They are important for cellular processes, growth and energy expenditure because they work with other vitamins like iron to make red blood cells and help turn the calories you eat into useable energy. Folate (aka folic acid when it’s created synthetically) is important for a healthy pregnancy, developing fetuses and preventing birth defects since it helps build the baby’s brain and spinal cord. That’s why folate deficiency is extremely dangerous for pregnant women.
You can get B vitamins from animal products like cage-free eggs, fish, meat. Older women, those with anemia, vegans and vegetarians should work with a doctor to make sure they get enough B vitamins since they’re at the greatest risk for deficiency. Foods especially high in folate include spinach and leafy greens, asparagus, citrus fruits, melon and beans.
If you don't remember your dreams you are likely deficient in B6. And B6 is a *crucial* nutrient for women's health.
Here's why. ⠀
B6 helps to clear estrogen out of the body. It also helps to produce progesterone, (which helps to balance excess estrogen). ⠀
Additionally, B6 reduces inflammation and histamine, and both these things can exacerbate estrogen excess symptoms, including PMS, fibrocystic breasts, bloating, headaches etc.⠀
B6 is also a co-factor in healthy methylation, which aids in the detoxification of estrogen from the body. And this awesome nutrient also aids in the production of the calming neurotransmitters; serotonin and GABA.⠀
If you’ve been on the pill then you’re likely depleted in B6. And one of the best tests you can do to determine if you’re deficient in B6 is a DUTCH hormone test. It will give you a measure of your *functional* B6 levels in the body. ⠀
Reach out, I'd love to hear from you!