Vitamin B6 forms an element of B complex vitamin group. It is a water soluble vitamin. The three major forms in which vitamin B6 exists are pyridoxine, pyridoxal and pyridoxamine. Of these pyridoxine is the most abundant form of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 was discovered by a Hungarian physician called Paul Gyorgy in the year 1934. It is involved in the functioning of more than hundred chemical reactions.
The manufacture of the amino acids which is needed to build proteins are assisted by vitamin B6.
Vitamin B6 also helps in the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, epinephrine, norepinephrine.
Vitamin B6 is also required for the process of breaking down of glycogen
It is necessary in the production of red blood cells and hormones.
Vitamin B6 benefits us by protecting against cardiovascular diseases like heart diseases and stroke.
Vitamin B6 helps the body by strengthening our immune system by producing lymphocytes.
Vitamin B6 is also required to form nucleic acids which are used in the formation of DNA .
Vitamin B6 helps the body to sustain its flexibility in managing compounds containing sulphur by removing sulphur groups safely from other molecules.
In women, Vitamin B6 benefits during premenstrual syndrome by reducing breast pain, bloating and premenstrual acne flare.
Vitamin B6 also helps in the normal functioning of the brain.
Vitamin B6 also helps in the treatment of symptoms in the early stages of pregnancy such as nausea and vomiting.
The deficiency of vitamin B6 leads to various skin diseases like eczema and seborrheic dermatitis.
Vitamin B6 deficiency can also cause anemia, malaise and fatigue.
The dosage for an adult below 50 years of age is 1.3mg per day.
The RDA for an adult over 50 years of age is 1.7mg per day.
The intake of high doses of vitamin B6 may have an affect on the nervous system which leads to the loss of feelings in the hands and feet.