Vitamin B6 is found in forms, Pyridoxine, Pyridoxal, Pyridoxamine. Scientist George was first to discover Vitamin B6 in 1934. The active form of Vitamin B6 is chemically phosphorylated. This is known as pyridoxal 5′-phosphate (PLP).
The best dietary sources of Vitamin B6 includes turkey, egg yolks, organ meats, bananas and beans. These are common food sources, however still people suffer from deficiency are alcoholics, overweight, pregnancy or have a malabsorption disease.
Symptoms of Vitamin B6 includes lethargy, muscle pain, anaemia and fluctuating mood. An average adult should consume approximately 1.3mg of Vitamin B6 a day. Pregnancy and lactating women will need 1.9-2.0mg everyday.
Here are a few health benefits of Vitamin B6 :
- Vitamin B6 is also thought to improve eye health, mood disorders, anemia, PMS, high blood pressure and arthritis.
- When paired with supplements 5-HTP it makes a perfect pairing that allows for neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin to be made.
- Vitamin B6 is also linked with pregnancy induced nausea. Studies have shown a 70% reduction in nausea and vomiting when combined with the antihistamine doxylamine.
- Adequate Vitamin B6 content has been linked with improved heart health. This is because Vitamin B6 reduced homocysteine levels in the blood. Homocysteine in linked with heart attack and stroke. Studies have shown regular Vitamin B6 intake reduced stroke risk by 25%.
- Vitamin B6 has also been associated with improved cognitive health, and preventing age related decline. Studies even showed that people with higher memory scores tended to have increased levels of serum vitamin B6.