Like all other vitamins in the B complex, vitamin B6, also
called pyridoxine, helps to convert carbohydrates,
protein and fat to energy. It is also essential for the brain,
and may reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood by working
together with vitamin B12 and folic acid. Homocysteine is
an amino acid, raised levels of which in the blood are a marker
for increased risk of heart attack.
Some research studies have showed that vitamin B6 may be
involved in easing the cramps and regulating mood swings associated
with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Vitamin B6 is also an important
vitamin for healthy skin and hair.
Vitamin B deficiency leads to fatigue, loss of appetite,
hair loss, dry skin, irritability, and moodiness. Vitamin
B6 deficiency may also cause seborrheic dermatitis-like skin
Excellent sources of vitamin B6 include avocados, green beans,
wheat germ, sea vegetables, bananas, nuts, liver, chicken,
Health benefits of vitamin B6
- Assists in converting carbohydrates, protein and fat into energy
- Assists in maintaining healthy arteries and heart
- Essential for healthy nervous system
- Helps to balance female hormones
- Supports immune system
- Assists in maintaining healthy skin and hair
- Required for absorption of vitamin B12 and for the production
of hydrochloric acid
RDI/AI – 1.3 mg per day
UL – 100 mg per day
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Principal Author: M. Ofiyeva
Date of Initial Publication: 07/05/2007
Article Last Updated: 03/10/2011