Vitamin B6 - Pyridoxine

Vitamin B6 – Pyridoxine

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Vitamin B6 – Pyridoxine


Water soluble B complex vitamin consisting of three related compounds: pyridoxine, pyridoxal, and pyridoxamine, all of which occur in foods.

B6 is the self-esteem vitamin

From Healthy Options:

“I refrain from all value judging and I am free of resentment and bitterness.

 I am unique and precious and I allow people the right to their own unique awareness”.


Aids in the absorption of vitamin B12 and the utilization of zinc, iron and magnesium

Necessary for HCI acid production in the stomach

Important co-enzyme in the breakdown and utilization of carbohydrates, fats and protein synthesis

Energy for liver and muscles by facilitating the release of glycogen

Aids blood glucose regulation

Conversion of tryptophan to niacin

Synthesis of lipids (myelin sheath, polyunsaturated fatty acids [PUFAs] in cell membranes)

Hemoglobin synthesis and oxygen transport by erythrocytes

Regulates body fluids

Increases efficiency of cholesterol metabolism

Reduces nausea in the first trimester of pregnancy

Promotes normal functioning of the nervous system and muscular system

Neurotransmitter synthesis (serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine)

Situations of Increased Need

Rapid growth: childhood and adolescence, pregnancy and lactation

First 3 months of pregnancy

Inflammation of nerves

High alcohol and coffee intake

High intakes of protein increase the requirement for vitamin B6

Cigarette smoking

Older age groups

Oral contraceptives

Chronic diseases (asthma, heart disease, diabetes, kidney failure, rheumatoid arthritis)

Chronic digestive disorders (diarrhea, liver disease, irritable bowel syndrome)

Signs and Symptoms of Deficiency

Convulsions in new born babies

Seborrhoeic dermitis of skin: especially around the nose, mouth, ears, and the genital area

Low blood sugar

Muscular weakness




Leg cramps,

Hand numbness


Smooth, purplish-coloured, and painful tongue.

Swollen and sore throat


Inflammation of the tongue

Watere retention in pregnancy

Decreased leukocyte function

Reduced antibody production

Abnormal brain wave patterns

Muscle twitching, convulsions





Difficulty walking

May increase blood total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol, lower HDL-cholesterol

Good Dietary Sources

Liver, Brewer’s yeast, Wheat germ. 1 average sized Potatoe, 1 average sized Banana, Spinach, Fish, Molasses, Avocado, Dried Peas, Beans, Green leafy vegetables

Toxicity Effects

Recommended daily dose 2mg. However because it is water soluble and not stored in the liver doses of 200mg have proved non- toxic. If administered alone it can cause an imbalance or deficiency of other B vitamins

 Medicinal Uses

Regulation of water balance in the body

Helps prevent menstrual tension

Bronchial asthma


Travel sickness

Morning sickness

Kidney stones and rheumatism

Preventing dental decay

Aids improved immune function

Helps in handling stress

Helps in treatment of male sexual disorders



Parkinson’s disease

Hair thinning and loss

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