Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Vitamin B6

Plays a key role in the production of amino acids, the building blocks of protein. It is used in the creation of DNA. It’s involved in over 100 crucial chemical reactions in our bodies. It helps form nearly all new cells in our bodies. Food sources of vitamin B6 include fortified cereals, beans, meat, poultry, fish, and some fruits and vegetables.


Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in many foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement.

Vitamin B6 in coenzyme forms performs a wide variety of functions in the body and is extremely versatile, with involvement in more than 100 enzyme reactions, mostly concerned with protein metabolism. Vitamin B6 also plays a role in cognitive development through the biosynthesis of neurotransmitters and in maintaining normal levels of homocysteine, an amino acid in the blood.


Helps the immune system to produce antibodies which are needed to fight off diseases.  Helps the body break down fats and carboydrates (starch and sugar) to produce energy.  Helps regulate blood sugar levels within a normal range.  Needed for the metabolism of protein from food.  Essential for new cell formation and growth. Promotes healthy skin and mucous membranes that act as an effective barrier against bacteria and viruses. Important in making red blood cells and the hemoglobin that carries oxygen to tissues.  Plays a role in nerve and brain function. Vitamin B6's role in serotonin production helps it to treat depression. Helps the body convert the amino acid tryptophan to vitamin B3 (niacin). Shown to work with vitamins B12 and B9 (folic acid) to reduce the risk of heart disease.  May reduce PMS symptoms.  Helps prevent kidney stones. Large doses under medical supervision may treat carpal tunnel syndrome.

Symptoms of deficiency includes: dermatitis, mouth sores, convulsions, cramping of hands and feet, irritability, depression, migraines, weakness, weak immune system, asthma.



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