Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin. The active form, pyridoxil phosphate(PLP), is a co factor in many reactions of amino acid metabolism, including transamination, deamination, and decarboxylation. It is also necessary for the enzymatic reaction governing the release of glucose and glycogen.

Health Benefits of Vitamin B6

Synthesis of essential molecules

The amino acids, building blocks of protein, require adequate supplies of B6 for synthesis. The DNA nucleic acids, also need this for their synthesis. Heme (the protein center of our red blood cells) and phospholipids (our cell membrane components that allow messaging between cells) also depend on vitamin B6 for their creation.

Along with vitamins B12 and B9 (folic acid), B6 helps control levels of amino acids, homocysteine in the blood.

Processing of carbohydrate

It helps in the breakdown of glycogen.

Support of nervous system activity

Some amine-derived neurotransmitters like serotonin, melatonin, epinephrine, norepinephrine, and GABA, require vitamin B6 for their production.

Support of sulfur and methyl metabolism and detoxification

Vitamin B6 is able to remove sulfur groups from other molecules, it helps the body maintain flexibility in handling sufur-containing compounds, and helps in detoxification of the body.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

It will prevent the Age-Related Macular Degeneration, if taken daily.

Depression and PMS

It helps your body make serotonin, a chemical that influences mood.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Low levels of vitamin B6 have been associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

Food sources

Summer squash, bell peppers, turnip greens, shiitake mushrooms, and spinach, garlic, tuna, cauliflower, mushrooms, broccoli, kale, collard greens, Brussels sprouts, cod, chard, calf’s liver, green beans, winter squash, tomatoes, turkey, salmon, and leeks.

Therapeutic effects

  • Helps in improving muscle mass
  • Improves immunity and energy
  • Helps in nervous weakness and fatigue
  • Detoxification of the body
  • Prevents Heart diseases and Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Improves PMS and Depression
  • Helps in the treatment of Arthritis

Amino Acids

These are the building blocks of the proteins that power every essential machinery in the human body.


Understand how the many different vitamins are the big players in the human body.


Know more about the elements that are essential for several processes and organ functions.

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