B GROUP VITAMINS
The OCP can interfere with levels of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and B12, all of which have important functions in the body. Vitamin B6 is a nutrient critical in the conversion of tryptophan to serotonin, a gut and brain compound that significantly influences our happiness, calm and contentment, our pain response, eating patterns, moods, sleep patterns, psychological drive and sexual desire. It’s also needed for blood glucose management. Whole food sources of B vitamins include dark green leafy vegetables, lentils, almonds, pecans, eggs, asparagus, chicken and fish, bananas and shellfish.