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Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) deficiency

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) is unusual as a B vitamin in that it is so extensively stored in muscle tissue.

Why we need Vitamin B6

We need Pyridoxine for protein and fat metabolism, hormone function (estrogen and testosterone), and the production of red blood cells, niacin, and neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine).

In other words we need pyridoxine to turn the proteins we eat into the proteins our body needs. We need it to convert carbohydrates from the form we store them in into the form which can be used for energy.

Pyridoxine play a lot of different roles in your body, but the first place a deficiency shows up is usually your immune system—you get sick more.

Vitamin B6 deficiency

Deficiency of Pyridoxine is uncommon. If you’re low on pyridoxine, you’re probably also low on the other B’s, usually from poor diet.
Alcoholics are at risk of Vitamin B6 deficiency. Also at risk are pregnant or breastfeeding women; strict vegetarian or vegan and smokers.

Vitamin B6 deficiency causes depression and confusion, and, in extreme deficiency, brain wave abnormalities and convulsions.

Pyridoxine deficiency symptoms are nervousness, eczma, insomnia, irritability, migraine.

Natural sources of Pyridoxine

The best source of pyridoxine in your food is high-quality protein: chicken, pork, beef, fish, milk, dairy products, and eggs. Milk, dairy products, and eggs have less pyridoxine than fish and other meats, but they’re still good sources. Also, pyridoxine is added to flour, corn meal, breakfast cereals, and many baked goods.

Vitamin B6 is easily destroy by heat and can be leached out by cooking water.

Over the counter medications for common health problems

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