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Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

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At a Glance

Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, has some significant functions in the body. Among them, it plays an important role in protein metabolism, nervous and immune system function, and in the formation of neurotransmitter and steroid hormones. You can find vitamin B6 in potatoes, beans, seeds, oats, salmon and other whole food sources.

Overview

Vitamin B6 is also known as pyridoxine. There are seven forms of this vitamin with pyridoxine being the most common form.

Vitamin B6 is a water soluble vitamin, which means it dissolves best in water.

Importance

Vitamin B6 has many functions in the body including:

  • Working as a co-enzyme to form PLP, which is needed for more than 100 enzymes involved in protein metabolism
  • Assisting In the breakdown of glycogen
  • Helping with red blood cell metabolism
  • Supporting nervous and immune system function
  • Helping to form neurotransmitter and steroid hormones.

Food Sources

Vitamin B6 can be found in several foods including:

Deficiencies

Common symptoms and resulting conditions of vitamin B6 deficiency include:

  • Chelosis (cracked, dry lips), glossitis, stomatitis, dermatitis (all similar to vitamin B2 deficiency)
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Sleeplessness
  • Confusion
  • Nervousness
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Anemia.

However, your individual response could be different. If you suspect a health problem or deficiency in certain nutrients, please see your primary health care provider (doctor, naturopath, etc). They can help unravel the complexity of your physiology.

Excess/Toxicity

Common symptoms of vitamin B2 excess/toxicity include:

  • Painful neurological symptoms.

However, your individual response could be different. If you suspect a health problem or an excess of certain nutrients, please see your primary health care provider (doctor, naturopath, etc). They can help unravel the complexity of your physiology.

Recipe

For recipes rich in vitamin B6, check out any of the Encyclopedia of Food entries for food items listed above.

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At a Glance

Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, has some significant functions in the body. Among them, it plays an important role in protein metabolism, nervous and immune system function, and in the formation of neurotransmitter and steroid hormones. You can find vitamin B6 in potatoes, beans, seeds, oats, salmon and other whole food sources.