South Waikato News - - Your Health -

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.

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