Vitamin B6 and its uses

Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 was believed to be rat vitamin for a long time as it cures a skin disorder in rats. Only later in years, they got to know that this vitamin will be used also to humans. This vitamin is invented only after the invention of this vitamin deficiency disease. This vitamin is commonly called as Pyridoxine, it has three chemical properties in it. Those are pyridoxine, pyridoxal, and pyridoxamine. These above three have a similar chemical property, pyridoxine is available mostly in veg foods, and other two can be found in non-veg foods. These three can work at a time in our body. That is why they are categorized into one vitamin.

Vitamin B6 is also a water-soluble vitamin like rest of the B vitamins. So this vitamin cannot be stored in our body. It will be excreted in eight hours in urine. So it is necessary to consume foods with this vitamin daily.

Benefits of this vitamin

This vitamin converts our food into energy and aids in the production of red blood cells. The above-said jobs are so essential to our body. So it is an important vitamin for our body.

Jobs of this vitamin

  • Breaks fat, protein and changes it into energy
  • Aids in accepting copper and iron by the body
  • Production of red blood cells and protects it
  • Stimulates the production of antibodies which increases the production of the immunity system
  • Takes care of nervous system
  • Stimulate the growth of new cells and helps in the growth of new ones
  • Prevents breast cancer in women
  • Heals the skin and nerve problems
  • Stimulates the hair growth
  • Helps in the treatment of anemia
  • Controls the level of fat and sugar in our blood
  • Controls the secretion of hormones during pre & menstrual syndrome
  • Heals the initial stage asthma
  • Acts as a medicine for sleeping disorder problems
  • Prevents depression
  • Stimulates vitamin B3 production in our body
  • Helps in the production of haemin which is a part of hemoglobin, so that the oxygen can be supplied to all parts of the body
  • Stimulates digestion
  • Prevents the production of a chemical product named homocysteine which attacks the heart. Reduced the chances of cardiac shock.
  • Prevents muscle strain
  • Acts as a medicine for giddiness and headache
  • Sharpens our eyesight

Foods with this vitamin

Veg foods

  • Milk
  • Milk products
  • Cheese
  • Cereals
  • Wheat
  • Dried beans
  • Soya
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Vegetables
  • Cabbage
  • Beans
  • Carrot
  • Greens
  • Peas
  • Vegetable juice
  • Fruits
  • Banana
  • Potato
  • Yeast
  • Cornflakes, oats
  • In tablet forms

Non-veg foods

  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Turkey meat
  • Liver, kidney parts of animals

Other ways

  • This vitamin can be produced by exercising

Consumption of this vitamin

  • Men – 1.3 milligram (Daily)
  • Women – 1.7 milligram
  • Pregnant women – 1.9 milligram
  • Lactating Mothers – 2.0 milligram

Diseases created by this vitamin deficiency

  • Anemia
  • Skin diseases, irritation
  • Muscle strain
  • Nerve disorders
  • Tongue irritation
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Menstrual problems, pimples during the menstrual cycle
  • Mood swings, depression, not getting interested in sex
  • Giddiness, nausea, and fainting during pregnancy
  • Not getting sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Asthma and allergy problems
  • Bone problems
  • Kidney stones
  • Distraction, confusion, problems in understanding
  • Hair loss

Problems with over-consumption

This vitamin can be turned into toxic if it is over consumed so that the nervous system will get affected. It starts with numbness and results in paralysis. Specifically, kids should consume this vitamin in foods rather than in tablet forms.

What destroys this vitamin?

Alcohol consumption is an enemy of this vitamin, so people who are addicted to alcohol should this vitamin a bit more than the others. People who take sleeping pills and contraceptive pills should also eat this vitamin a lot. Heating the food often may also kill this vitamin, so eating raw vegetables and fruits are encouraged. Sunlight also kills this vitamin, likewise, acids and bases may also remove this vitamin from the food.

  Also read: Vitamin B5 and its benefits






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