Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) : Role in the Body & Benefits

Role in the Body
Pyridoxine is essential for virtually every body function and like the other B vitamins, is involved in energy release from food. It is also involved with red blood cell formation, antibody production, the making of many neurotransmitters of the nervous systems, and is needed for the synthesis of DNA and RNA.

Dietary Sources
The best sources of pyridoxine are chicken, beef, pork, fish, eggs and milk. Fruits and vegetables are low in pyridoxine, but the best choices include: bananas, mangoes and potatoes.

Who Is at Risk for Deficiency?
You may be at risk if you drink alcohol, smoke, are a strict vegetarian or vegan, are pregnant or breastfeeding, take birth control pills, or take some prescription medications used to treat high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, and asthma.

Pyridoxine has been found to help people suffering from asthma, diabetic neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, premenstrual syndrome, kidney stones, depression, morning sickness, and can help prevent heart disease.

Too much pyridoxine can cause neurological symptoms such as tingling hands and feet.

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