The Health Benefits of Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

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I want to take a few minutes to talk to you about vitamin b6, also known as pyridoxine. This water soluble vitamin is a co-factor in many enzyme reactions associated with amino acid, glucose and lipid metabolism. It is involved in the synthesis of many neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, epinephrine (adrenaline), norepinephrine and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). It’s a cofactor in histamine, homocysteine and hemoglobin synthesis as well.

Vitamin B6, aka pyridoxine, has many potential health benefits being researched and investigated. This includes helping with Heart disease (lowering homocysteine), Nausea and Vomiting during pregnancy, Depression, Sideroblastic anemia, Premenstrual syndrome, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Rheumatoid arthritis and Tardive dyskinesia/ Akisthesia. It may also help with ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, seizures and Anxiety Finally, these potential benefits are still being investigated: Asthma, Eczema, Cancer prevention, Cognitive function, Diabetes, High blood pressure, Immune booster, Kidney stones, McArdle’s disease, Menstrual cramps, Prevent osteoporosis, Nerve-related pain, and Blood clots

Common sources include chicken, turkey, tuna, salmon, shrimp, beef liver, Dairy (milk, cheese), lentils, beans, spinach, carrots, brown rice, bran, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, whole-grain flour and supplements

Source: The Health Benefits of Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

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