Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, works together with the rest of the water soluble vitamins of the B complex family in order to support the proper function of metabolic reactions in the body. Its main sources in our diet are animal products, as well as legumes and whole grains.
Who is in greater risk for vitamin B6 deficiency?
• Individuals with poor nutrition
• Older adults
• Pregnant and lactating women
• Underweight individuals
• Heavy drinkers
Water soluble vitamins are not stored in our body and any excess is excreted in the urine.
The role of vitamin B6:
• Supports metabolic reactions
• Energy production
• Red blood cell synthesis
• Protein synthesis
• Proper neurological and brain function
• Homocysteine metabolism
Vitamin B6 deficiency may result in:
• It is rare and usually accompanied by
deficiencies of other vitamins of the B complex
• Neurological disorders
• Mood changes
• Poor skin health