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Vitamin B6 is a vital substance for human health

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A sample of foods high in vitamin B6
A sample of foods high in vitamin B6


Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, is a vital substance for human health.

Like the other B vitamins, pyridoxine is water soluble. B6 is a master nutrient, involved in over one hundred enzyme reactions that govern the processing of amino acids, (the building blocks of protein).

Because of the role B6 plays in protein metabolism, it is essential for a normally functioning immune system. B6 also plays a key role in the metabolism of red blood cells, normal nerve function, and the conversion of tryptophan to niacin.

Vitamin B6 also plays a role in the proper maintenance of proper blood sugar levels, and is also involved in the synthesis of the hormones, serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine.

Sources of vitamin B6 include beans, meat, poultry, fish, as well as many fruits and vegetables. 

Older adults and alcoholics are at greater risk for vitamin B6 deficiencies, because insufficient dietary intake, resulting from poor diets. Alcohol also destroys B6 in the body. Symptoms of deficiency may include skin rashes and inflammation, inflammation of the tongue, convulsions, confusion and depression.

Alcoholics often develop abnormal nerve sensations called neuropathies. People with lower levels of serotonin are often subject to migraine headaches and depression. Supplementation may improve symptoms in such cases.

B6 supplementation has also reduced symptoms of PMS and carpel tunnel syndrome. It can aid in the prevention of heart disease by lowering the level of homocysteine.

Supplementation pf over 100mg per day should be overseen by a qualified health care provider.

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