B6 Vitamin Food Sources:
B6 for a Healthy Body
B6 is commonly referred to as pyridoxine. It is a water-soluble B vitamin that
comes in six different forms. The most active form in your body is called PLP,
short for pyridoxal 5'-phosphate. The biological features of vitamin B6 described
in this article refer mainly to PLP.
Does Vitamin B6 Do in Your Body?
homocysteine levels, which lowers your risk of stroke, heart disease, cancer,
Parkinson's, Alzheimer's disease, and many degenerative diseases.
to form serotonin and other chemicals that are essential to the health of your
to produce vitamin B3, also known as niacin.
to form hemoglobin, a key component of your red blood cells.
to dampen the effects of steriod hormones like estrogen and testosterone in your
body, which can potentially decrease your risk of sex hormone-sensitive cancers
like breast and prostate cancers.
are some healthy, whole food sources of vitamin B6:
baked, with skin||1
light meat without skin||3
excellent whole food supplement source of vitamin B6 is Dr.
Signs of Deficiency
in and around the mouth
or ulcers of the skin at the corners of the mouth
alcohol on a regular basis increases your risk of vitamin B6 deficiency.
The more protein
you eat, the more vitamin B6 you need, since vitamin B6 is necessary for a number
of steps in the metabolism of amino acids that make up protein. Keep this point
in mind in considering the following chart of recommended daily allowances:
Dietary Allowance for Vitamin B6 - 1998
years and older||1.7||1.5|
Because vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin that does not
get stored in your fat tissues, there is little chance that you can consume toxic
levels of vitamin B6 from whole foods. It is, however, possible to consume
toxic levels of B6 in supplement form. I believe that you should completely stay
away from synthetic supplements that contain B6.
for Vitamin B6
As of February 23, 2005, I do not know of a reliable diagnostic
test to assess your vitamin B6 status.
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