Benefits Of Vitamin B6

Benefits of Vitamin B6
Pyridoxine, like the other B vitamins, plays an important role in maintaining the nervous and cardiovascular systems as well as the muscle tone of the gastrointestinal tract.  The B vitamins are also vital for energy production.

According to scientists, vitamin B6 benefits your body in multiple ways. It is involved in no less than 100 different chemical reactions in your body per minute.

It functions mostly as a co-enzyme - which is exactly what it sounds like. Vitamin B6 works with other enzymes to regulate all sorts of processes in your body.

Studies have shown the benefits of vitamin B6 in relieving edema and reducing water retention, improving magnesium deficiency, peripheral neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, rheumatism, cardiovascular occlusions and myocardial infarcts, learning and developmental disorders, and autism.

:: Vitamin B6 Benefits & Functions 1. helps the immune system to produce antibodies which are needed to fight off diseases, especially in older people who tend to have impaired immune systems 2. helps the body break down fats and carbohydrates (starch and sugar) to produce energy 3. helps regulate blood sugar (glucose) levels within a normal range 4. needed for the metabolism of protein from food 5. essential for new cell formation and growth 6. promotes healthy skin and mucous membranes that act as an effective barrier against bacteria and viruses 7. needed to make red blood cells and the hemoglobin that carries oxygen to tissues 8. important for nerve and brain function, as it is needed for production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and norepinephrine, and formation of the myelin sheath around nerves 9. preliminary evidence suggests that pyridoxine's role in serotonin production helps it to treat mental depression as well 10. helps the body convert the amino acid tryptophan to vitamin B3 (niacin) 11. has been shown to work with vitamins B12 and B9 (folic acid) to reduce the risk of heart disease by inhibiting formation of homocysteine, a toxic chemical that attacks heart muscles and allows deposition of cholesterol around the heart and arteries and is associated with atherosclerosis 12. some evidence it may reduce PMS (premenstrual syndrome) symptoms like breast tenderness or pain and PMS related anxiety or depression.  Mood swings, loss of sex drive and depression have been noted when women are on hormone substitute therapy and pyridoxine is in short supply. 13. helps prevent kidney stones, as pyridoxine (alone or with magnesium) helps lower urinary oxalate levels that can lead to a type of kidney stone formation in women 14. initial studies suggest that large doses under medical supervision may be useful in treating treat carpal tunnel syndrome

Relieving Edema
One of the vitamin B6 health benefits is relieving water retention or edema, which results in swelling of body parts. Generally, B-complex vitamins containing specific concentrations of pyridoxine and other vitamins are recommended for treatment of edema. Read more on cure for water retention.

Treating Hair loss
Vitamin B6 benefits for hair include preventing hair loss and promoting growth of the hair. Other than this, it helps in getting rid of dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis. Some people even use vitamin B6 for treatment of skin disorders like eczema, acne and psoriasis.

Treating Morning Sickness
Various studies have been done with respect to vitamin B6 benefits and pregnancy. In a case study, it was found that vitamin B6 can be used for treatment of morning sickness, which many women experience during the first months of pregnancy.

Regulating Blood Pressure
Another benefit of vitamin B6 is lowering the blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It also prevents the blood platelets from sticking together. This shows that vitamin B6 indirectly helps in preventing blood circulation problems.

Vitamin B6 Benefits Us in Our Fight Against Vascular Disease 
Vascular Disease can take many forms i.e. heart disease and stroke for instance. And although there are many factors leading up to vascular disease, one of our bodies' chemicals has been identified as an independent risk factor. That chemical is what's called homocysteine (I know - "i" before "e" except after "c")
We covered homocysteine quite a bit on our Folic Acid page, so I will refer you there if you really want to learn about homocysteine.
But just briefly, homocysteine is a byproduct of our eating meat. Normally our bodies want to convert homocysteine into methionine which your body needs to make proteins and to perform other chemical processes. However, we need Vitamin B6 benefits to do so. Remember - homocysteine is bad ... methionine is good.
Many recent and exciting studies have shown the indisputable relationship between Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B6 and a significant lowering of our homocysteine levels ... and along with lower homocysteine levels, a significant lowering of our risk for vascular disease.
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association titled "Homocysteine vs. Vitamin B6" tells us that "In fact, the study showed that people with the highest blood levels of vitamin B6 had about one third the risk of developing heart disease compared with people with the lowest levels of Vitamin B6"
Vitamin B6 Benefits Us In Our Fight Against Losing Our Minds
Again, although there are many factors that can contribute to us losing our minds (our kids for instance), the "H" word has once again reared its ugly head... yes homocysteine.
A study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition stresses the importance of the B Vitamins Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B6 in the normal functioning of our brains. This particular study even links a deficiency of these vitamins to a cognitive decline in our later years leading to Alzheimer's Disease.
This study titled "B vitamins, homocysteine, and neurocognitive function in the elderly" tells us that "The status of these vitamins is frequently inadequate in the elderly and recent studies have shown associations between loss of cognitive function or Alzheimer disease and inadequate B vitamin status".
In addition, vitamin B6 shows positive results regarding treatment of problems associated with magnesium deficiency, autism, schizophrenia, depression, attention deficit disorder, and irritability. Doctors are of the opinion that increased intake of pyridoxine aids in better assimilation of other dietary supplements and treatment medications. This is the reason why, pyridoxine is used in specific concentration along with other B vitamins for vitamin B-complex formulations.

Technically, vitamin B6 is an umbrella term given to three different vitamins, pyridoxine, pridoxal, and pyridoxamine. The three B6 vitamins work together with other enzymes to speed up chemical reactions in cells. Those processes include making amino acids, creating neurotransmitters like serotonin and metabolizing energy released in creating red blood cells. Vitamin B6 benefits also include helping to balance hormones and strengthen the immune system.
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