Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, helps brain function and helps the body convert protein to energy. Some research has shown that vitamin B6 works with folic acid and B12 to reduce levels of homocysteine (an amino acid) in the blood. Elevated homocysteine levels can increase a person's risk of heart attack.

Nutritionists categorize vitamins by the materials that a vitamin will dissolve in. There are two categories: water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins. Water-soluble vitamins, which include the B-complex group and vitamin C, travel through the bloodstream. Whatever water-soluble vitamins are not used by the body are eliminated in urine, which means you need a continuous supply of them in your food. Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin.

How Much Vitamin B6 Is Enough?
Women need 1.6 milligrams of B6 every day, and men need 2 milligrams.

Sources of Vitamin B6
* Poultry
* Pork
* Fish
* Eggs
* Soybeans
* Oats
* Whole grains
* Bananas
* Nuts and seeds

Can You Have Too Much or Too Little?
Taking regular high doses of vitamin B6 over 250 milligrams per day may cause nerve damage. In addition pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should not take more than the recommended daily amount of vitamin B6 because too much pyridoxine can cause harm to the developing fetus or infant.

Vitamin Storage
If you want to get the most vitamins possible from your food, refrigerate fresh produce and keep milk and grains away from strong light. Vitamins are easily destroyed and washed out during food preparation and storage. If you take vitamin supplements, store them at room temperature in a dry place that̢۪s free of moisture.

source : lifeclinic


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