Vitamin B6

(Known as Pyridoxine, PrIdoxal, Pyridoxamine, Vitamin B6)

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How does it work?
Vitamin B6 is one of eight water-soluble B vitamins that your body needs on a regular basis. All B vitamins help the body convert carbohydrates into sugar, which is "burned" to produce energy.In addition to playing a role in the breakdown of fats and carbohydrates for energy.
Who is it used for?
Vitamin B6 is an essential vitamin that your body needs to convert carbohydrate into energy. Symptoms of a vitamin B6 deficiency may include muscle weakness, nervousness, irritability, depression, difficulty concentrating, and short-term memory loss.
How does it work?
Vitamin B6 is actually an umbrella term used to describe three B vitamins (pyridoxine, pridoxal, pyridoxamine). It works along with other enzymes to speed up chemical reactions in cells. Pyridoxine is an especially important vitamin for maintaining healthy nerve and muscle cells and it aids in the production of DNA and RNA, the body's genetic material. B complex vitamins also play an important role in maintaining muscle tone along the digestive tract and promoting the health of the nervous system, skin, hair, eyes, mouth, and liver.

The B vitamins also help to lower homocysteine levels in your body. Homocysteine is an amino acid (an amino acid is a "building block" for protein) found in your blood. Homocysteine levels can increase when your body doesn't completely transform the amino acid methionine (which comes from food) into the various derivatives needed for the formation of protein in the tissues of your body. For most people, the rise in homocysteine is caused by a deficiency in the B vitamins [1, 2, 3].

Vitamin B6 is also sold under the names pyridoxal, pyridoxamine, pyridoxine hydrochloride, and pyridoxal-5-phosphate. Most experts believe that pyridoxine hydrochloride (pyridoxine HCL) is the most effective, as it is more efficiently absorbed in the body.
How do I use it?
It is very difficult to overdose on vitamin B6, as it is water soluble, and any excess is excreted in the urine. Safe therapeutic doses range from 100 to as high as 1,800 milligrams per day, thought most high-quality multi-vitamin supplements provide 40-50 milligrams.
What results can I expect?
If you're deficient in vitamin B6, using a supplement will help to raise your energy levels and prevent symptoms of a deficiency, such as muscle weakness, nervousness, irritability, depression, difficulty concentrating, and short-term memory loss.

What can it be combined with?
The vitamin can be taken as part of a B-complex or high-quality multi-vitamin supplement.

1. Hung, C.J., Huang, P.C., Lu, S.C., Li, Y.H., Huang, H.B., Lin, B.F., Chang, S.J., & Chou, H.F. (2002). Plasma homocysteine levels in Taiwanese vegetarians are higher than those of omnivores. Journal of Nutrition, 132, 152-158
2. Seshadri, S., Beiser, A., Selhub, J., Jacques, P.F., Rosenberg, I.H., D'Agostino, R.B., Wilson, P.W., & Wolf, P.A. (2002). Plasma homocysteine as a risk factor for dementia and Alzheimer's disease. New England Journal of Medicine, 346, 476-483
3. Verhoef, P., Kok, F.J., Kruyssen, D.A., Schouten, E.G., Witteman, J.C., Grobbee, D.E., Ueland, P.M., & Refsum, H. (1997). Plasma total homocysteine, B vitamins, and risk of coronary atherosclerosis. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, 17, 989-995

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