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Nausea and vitamins



Have you heard anything about vitamin B6 helping with nausea?


Vitamin B6 is also known as pyridoxine and is needed for amino acid metabolism and protein synthesis. Sources of B6 include: liver, meats, cabbage, eggs, whole wheat, and rolled oats. The exact cause of nausea during pregnancy is unknown, and several research studies have suggested a link between B6 and the nausea and vomiting of pregnancy. However, none of these studies were randomized, double-blind studies. In a study reported by Sahakian, Rouse, Sipes and others found that mild to moderate nausea was not affected by additional B6. However, women who experienced sever nausea and vomiting had a substantial reduction in their symptoms. Before you add any vitamin supplements to your diet, you need to discuss this with your health care provider.

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Tina   Weitkamp, RNC, MSN Tina Weitkamp, RNC, MSN
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati