Vitamin B-6(vaɪ.t̬ə.mɪn -ˈbē-ˈsiks) n. 1. A group of closely related chemical compounds, found in many forms of food, that are transformed within the body to another form of vitamin B6, pyridoxal phosphate, that acts as a coenzyme. Synonyms: Pyridoxine, Pyridoxal phosphate, Pyridoxal, Pyridoxamine, Pyridoxic acid. Derivation: Vitamin from Latin vita life + English amine. B-6 Named by Hungarian physician Paul György.
SourceB6 is found in beef liver and other organ meats, fish, chicken, shrimp, lentils, beans, sunflower seeds, brown rice, wheat germ, whole grain flour, starchy vegetables and in non-citrus fruits. It is also found in many dietary supplements.
BenefitsB6 is known for converting food to energy and helping the body metabolize fats and proteins. It helps balance female hormones. It supports a healthy immune system and has a positive impact on cardiovascular, digestive, immune, muscular and nervous system function. It plays a vital part in the brain's ability to produce the hormones serotonin and norepinephrine which have an impact on mood. It also helps the body make melatonin.
UsesPreliminary research has shown that B6 has positive effects on neurological conditions. Parkinson’s, seizures, chronic pain, depression and others are impacted possibly due to the role of B6 in producing serotonin and dopamine. People with a deficiency in B6 may be at greater risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, autoimmune disease, macular degeneration and rheumatoid arthritis.
Forms (delivery methods)B6 is available in liquids, tablets, capsules powders and sprays.
Side EffectsSmall doses of B6 are considered safe. Doses over 100mgs per day may cause allergic skin reactions or neurological reactions. Pregnant women or women that are lactating should talk with a physician before taking any dietary supplement.
Research:1 Vitamin B6 Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminB6-HealthProfessional/2 Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-b6-pyridoxine 3 Vitamin B6 http://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/hn-2928009