What is Vitamin B6?

Sometimes, the answer is right in front of your face. Or in the case of vitamin B6...right in your avocado. Allow us to explain.

One of the biggest challenges in creating FLO was finding ingredients with the ability to multitask; meaning, nothing that was just for cramps, or just bloating, or just irritability. PMS rarely manifests as one symptom (in fact, health professionals have identified over 200 symptoms associated with PMS), so we knew FLO had to be more than a band aid solution.

Enter, vitamin B6. Also known as pyridoxine, vitamin B6 is a form of vitamin B that’s found naturally, in foods like pistachios, and yep, you guessed...avocados.

We spent nearly one full year formulating FLO, and in that year, B6 was the one ingredient we couldn’t help but run into. B6 was like the guy you go on one bad Bumble date with, and continue to see EVERYWHERE you go. Except unlike that bad date, B6 actually worked out. Like really, really well.

Aside from contributing to more generalized health issues like your metabolism, and brain health, one of the fringe benefits of B6 is its ability to relieve many PMS symptoms, simultaneously. Take for instance this study, in which a group of 160 women with PMS were randomly assigned to two groups; half were given a placebo, and the other half were given B6. The B6 group saw a significant decrease in a myriad of symptoms, including moodiness, irritability, unreasonable crying, increased appetite, bloating, breast tenderness and...wait for it...candy craving.

In 2016 a meta-analysis of years of research was conducted on vitamin B6, especially as it relates to relieving psychological symptoms of PMS. Across the board, these studies supported the positive effects, even in small doses, that B6 has on reducing the depression, anxiety, unrest and sleepiness that so many women experience in the days leading up to their periods. Another study saw reductions in frustration, anger, and social avoidance.

If you didn’t catch it in the two paragraphs above, we implore you to give them another read. Check out the specificity of the symptoms that B6 has been scientifically shown to improve. Candy cravings. Social avoidance. Unrest AND sleepiness. Any woman who’s ever experienced PMS (that’d be >90% of us, BTW) knows that it rarely feels like just one thing. Just sad? We wish it was that easy. More often than not, it’s a jumbled up combination of a lot of hard-to-describe symptoms. And it’s in those cases, when you’re up against a ton of “can’t-quite-put-your-finger-on-it” feelings, that your boy vitamin B6 has your back.

Ready to meet the rest of the PMS-crushing trifecta? Get to know Dong Quai and Chasteberry.