September 24, 2018

Vitamin B6 also known as pyridoxine is one of the vitamins from the B family and is regarded as one of the essential nutrients. Like most vitamins from the B family, it plays a critical role in body metabolism, neurological health, liver function and skin health among others.

Common forms of vitamin B6

The B6 vitamin is found in over 8 different varieties. The most common form of B is pyridoxine which is often taken as a supplement. The pyridoxal 5-phosphate is the metabolic form of B^and is found within the processes of the body. B6 vitamin is also expelled from the body in the form of 4-pyridoxic acid via urine.

Food sources of vitamin B6

Thankfully vitamin B6 is abundant in most common forms of food such as meats, fruits and certain vegetables. Cooking and processing of food might result in significant reduction in vitamin B6, sometimes even more than 50%. For example, milk loses 50-70% of its vitamin B6 content when dried and powdered. Some of the common sources of B6 vitamin are mentioned below.
  • Cereals and oats
  • Pork
  • Turkey
  • Beef
  • Bananas
  • Chickpeas
  • Potatoes
  • Pistachios

Functions of B6 vitamin

The metabolic form of B6 (PLP) is used in a wide range of metabolic activities and synthesis of hormones and chemicals. PLP is a significant element in the metabolism of glucose and amino acids. It also helps in lipid metabolism and other macronutrients. The synthesis and healthy functioning of hemoglobin require B6 as a coenzyme for proper synthesis. Added to this it plays a key role in the synthesis of neurotransmitters and histamines. Recent studies have revealed the involvement of vitamin B6 in gene expression. Particularly speaking, the increase in the intracellular levels of B6 results in lower platelet accumulation.

Pyridoxine Hydrochloride

Pyridoxine HCl, is a vitamin B6 derivative, specifically the 4-Methanol structure. Basically a hydrochloride salt, Pyridoxine HCl is converted into a phosphate which basically acts as the coenzyme for metabolic activities. Pyridoxine HCl is often given by physicians as a vitamin supplement and for treating certain conditions.

Symptoms of B6 deficiency

While extremely rare due to its abundance, some of the common symptoms of vitamin B6 deficiency are mentioned below.
  • Mood swings
  • Irritation
  • Depression
  • Muscle pains
  • Deteriorating anemia
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Sickness and weakness during PMS

Other studies have indicated the link between vitamin B6 deficiency and certain neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders such as seizures, migraines, mood disorders and chronic pains. Studies have also indicated an increased risk of Alzheimer's due to B6 deficiency in the elderly.

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