Vitamin B6

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Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, is involved in more bodily functions than almost any other nutrient.

It affects both your physical and mental health.

It’s good if you retain water, and it’s necessary for making hydrochloric acid and absorbing fats and protein.

It also aids in maintaining sodium and potassium balance, and promotes red blood cell formation.

Your nervous systems needs pyridoxine to keep your brain functioning normally and to make the nucleic acids RNA and DNA, which contain the genetic instructions for the reproduction and for normal cellular growth.

Vitamin B6 activates many enzymes and helps with the absorption of vitamin B12, immune system function, and antibody production.

Vitamin B6 plays a role in cancer immunity and helps with preventing arteriosclerosis.

It prevents a toxic chemical called homocysteine from forming; homocysteine attacks your heart muscle and allows cholesterol to deposit around your heart muscle.

Pyridoxine acts as a mild diuretic, reducing the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, and it may be useful in preventing calcium oxalate kidney stones as well.

It’s helpful in treating allergies, arthritis, and asthma.

A deficiency of vitamin B6 can cause anemia, convulsions, headaches, nausea, flaky skin, a sore tongue, and vomiting.

Other possible signs of deficiency include acne, anorexia, arthritis, conjunctivitis, cracks or sores on your mouth and lips, depression, dizziness, fatigue, hyperirritability, poor wound healing, inflammation of your mouth and gums, learning difficulties, poor memory or memory loss, hair loss, hearing problems, numbness, oily facial skin, stunted growth, and tingling sensations.

Carpal tunnel syndrome has also been linked to a deficiency of vitamin B6.

Sources

All foods contain some vitamin B6; but, the following have the highest amounts:  Brewer’s yeast, carrots, chicken, eggs, fish, meat, peas, spinach, sunflower seeds, bananas, beans, blackstrap molasses, broccoli, brown rice and other whole grains, cabbage, cantaloupe, corn, dulse (a red seaweed), plantains, potatoes, rice bran, soybeans, and tempeh.

Herbs containing vitamin B6 include alfalfa, catnip, and oat straw.

Comments

Antidepressants, estrogen therapy, and oral contraceptives may increase your need for vitamin B6.

Diuretics and cortisone drugs block the absorption of this vitamin by your body.

Prolonged use of high doses of vitamin B6 (over 1,000 mg per day) can be toxic, and may result in nerve damage and loss of coordination.

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