Vitamin B6, zinc and magnesium are critical for numerous reactions that occur in the body. Lacking any of these critical nutrients can have far reaching consequences. Deficiency of Vitamin B6 is not uncommon due to poor diet, various medications, excessive alcohol intake and parasitic infections. Deficiency symptoms include dermatitis, cracked and sore lips, inflamed tongue and mouth, neuropathy, confusion, and insomnia. Vitamin B6 serves as a coenzyme to four classes of enzymes. It combines with an alpha-amino acid to form a compound called a Schiff base, which is the substrate in four kinds of reactions: transamination (movement of amino groups), racemization (redistribution of enantiomers), decarboxylation (removing COOH groups), and various side-chain reactions depending on the enzyme involved. Vitamin B6, also called pyridoxine, is one of eight water-soluble B vitamins. Vitamin B6 is involved in the metabolism of protein and carbohydrates, the production of insulin and red and white blood cells, and the synthesis of neurotransmitters, enzymes, and prostaglandins. Vitamin B6 is essential in numerous biochemical pathways involving red blood cells, the immune system, central nervous system function, protein metabolism, homocysteine metabolism, and also the production of energy. Pyridoxine is an especially important vitamin for maintaining healthy nerve and muscle cells and it aids in the production of DNA and RNA, the body’s genetic material. The human body needs vitamin B6 to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin within red blood cells carries oxygen to tissues. Vitamin B6 also helps increase the amount of oxygen carried by hemoglobin. A vitamin B6 deficiency can result in a form of anemia that is similar to iron deficiency anemia. B6 is needed to
make sphingomyelin and other sphingolipids and is also necessary for proper absorption of vitamin B12.
VITAMIN B6 (50-200 MG) MAY HELP SUPPORT:
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome • PMS
• Menopause • Fatigue
• Copper Toxicity • High Histamine
• Pyroluria • High Homocysteine
• Sideroblastic Anemia • Cheilosis
• Seborrhoeic Dermatitis • MSG Sensitivity
Recommended Dose: Adults:
Take 1 teaspoon (5 mL) per day, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner. Take with food, a few hours before or after taking other medications or natural health products.
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