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Vitamin B6 | Pyridoxine | Sources | health benefits | Symptoms of deficiency

The basic characteristics of vitamins B6 | Pyridoxine

Vitamin B6 also known as pyridoxine belongs to the group of vitamin B complex, or a group of vitamins that are soluble in water.

The basic characteristics of vitamins B6 that distinguish it from other vitamin B complex is its rapid metabolic life.

Judging by the fact that it is soluble in water, vitamin B6 doesn't remain in the body for a long time (8 hours); it eliminates through urine from the body. 

For such metabolic profile of vitamin B6, it is necessary daily intake of pyridoxine through food.


While the naturally occurs as a mixture of 3 forms, in the body, pyridoxine is converted into its active derivatives.

Pyridoxine is sensitive to UV rays and oxidation processes; because when vitamin B6 is exposed to light, it will be transferred to an inactive form. 

This is especially important for the storage and preservation of foods which contain vitamin B6. This means that food should be kept in dark, cool and dry conditions, where there is no light and moisture.

Sources of vitamin B6 in food

Part of the daily requirement for vitamin B6 is carried in the intestines through bacterial synthesis. 

However, these aren't sufficient quantities for normal functioning of metabolic processes in the body, so it is necessary to enter the amounts of vitamin B6 through food.

Plant sources rich in vitamin B6

- Banana, avocado
- Rice, corn, sunflower seeds, whole grains, soybeans
- Spinach, carrots, beans
- Nuts, peanuts
- Raisins, dried fruits
- Beer yeast
- Molasses
- Legumes, beans, green leafy vegetables

Animal foods rich in vitamin B6:

- Offal
- Chicken, turkey
- Tuna, seafood
- Proteins of animal origin (meat, milk and eggs) are not a good source of vitamin B6 in the therapeutic regard because they have a 2 - 3 x more of methionine per unit weight instead of the proteins of plant origin.

Vitamin C, linoleic acid and other B complex vitamins help better absorption of vitamin B6, while coffee, alcohol, and tea reduce the absorption of pyridoxine.

The role of vitamin B6 in the organism

- Metabolic role in the synthesis and degradation of fats, proteins and carbohydrates and fatty acids

- Especially affects the metabolism of glucose in the body and allows the rapid decomposition of sugar

- Vitamin B6 is important in the synthesis of red blood cells

- It is necessary for normal functioning of the nervous system, because it enters into the composition of the myelin sheath that is around nerve fibers; 

Vitamin B6 influence the work of neurotransmitters and hormones that act on daily spirit level (serotonin and melatonin)

- Pyridoxine is the protector of the heart and blood vessels because it prevents the release of homocysteine, an amino acid that acts harmful to the health of the heart muscle.

- Vitamin B6 helps the absorption of vitamin B12, and also participates in synthesis of other vitamins from group B vitamins, namely vitamin B1.

- It has a positive effect on the excretion of excess water from the body and control of tissue fluids. 

- Vitamin B6 is also called vitamin of pregnancy, because it is essential for the growth and development of the fetus, while in women at menopause, vitamin B6 helps to relieve the symptoms of hormone imbalance

- It is extremely important as a factor of the immune system and defence against infection

- Vitamin B6 has role in cell division during intrauterine development

What are the symptoms of vitamin B6 deficiency?

- Loss of appetite, fatigue, apathy
- Dry skin, acne, skin changes
- Nervosa, muscle weakness, muscle cramps
- Problems with concentration, learning, psycho stability
- Anemia
- Stomach problems, liver problems
- Reduced immunity, persistent infections
- Slowed growth in children
- Neonatal disorders

In which cases occurs hypovitaminosis? 

Reduced levels of vitamin B6 | Pyridoxine occurs mainly in children and the elderly. 

Deficiency occurs with the use of certain drugs, such as birth control pills, chemotherapy, dialysis and the like. 

Entering increased amount of alcohol can reduced amounts of vitamin B6. 

Interactions with drugs

Vitamin B6 shouldn't be taken immediately after taking tetracycline, because it reduces the usability of this drug. 

It is enough to make a break between taking these preparations.


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