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Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin. The active form, pyridoxil phosphate(PLP), is a co factor in many reactions of amino acid metabolism, including transamination, deamination, and decarboxylation. It is also necessary for the enzymatic reaction governing the release of glucose and glycogen.

Health Benefits of Vitamin B6

  • Synthesis of essential molecules

    The amino acids, building blocks of protein, require adequate supplies of B6 for synthesis. The DNA nucleic acids, also need this for their synthesis. Heme (the protein center of our red blood cells) and phospholipids (our cell membrane components that allow messaging between cells) also depend on vitamin B6 for their creation.

    Along with vitamins B12 and B9 (folic acid), B6 helps control levels of amino acids, homocysteine in the blood.

  • Processing of carbohydrate

    It helps in the breakdown of glycogen.

  • Support of nervous system activity

    Some amine-derived neurotransmitters like serotonin, melatonin, epinephrine, norepinephrine, and GABA, require vitamin B6 for their production.

  • Support of sulfur and methyl metabolism and detoxification

    Vitamin B6 is able to remove sulfur groups from other molecules, it helps the body maintain flexibility in handling sufur-containing compounds, and helps in detoxification of the body.

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration

    It will prevent the Age-Related Macular Degeneration, if taken daily.

  • Depression and PMS

    It helps your body make serotonin, a chemical that influences mood.

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Low levels of vitamin B6 have been associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

Food sources

Summer squash, bell peppers, turnip greens, shiitake mushrooms, and spinach, garlic, tuna, cauliflower, mushrooms, broccoli, kale, collard greens, Brussels sprouts, cod, chard, calf's liver, green beans, winter squash, tomatoes, turkey, salmon, and leeks.

Therapeutic effects

  • Helps in improving muscle mass

  • Improves immunity and energy

  • Helps in nervous weakness and fatigue

  • Detoxification of the body

  • Prevents Heart diseases and Age-Related Macular Degeneration

  • Improves PMS and Depression

  • Helps in the treatment of Arthritis