Vitamin B6 is also known as pyridoxine and is one of the B group vitamins. It is a vitamin that is soluble in water and therefore our body is not able to store bigger amounts and we need to supply it daily, eating food that is rich source of this vitamin.
One of the most important roles of vitamin B 6 is its active help to the immune system to fight diseases.
Pyridoxine is also beneficial for the proper functioning of the nervous system. It also contributes in creating of red blood cells, helps with nausea, cramps and skin diseases. Vitamin B 6 is also important because it enables complete absorption of vitamin B 12. B6 will also help sustain hormonal balance and the balance of amounts of potassium and sodium in the body and is effective as protection from cancer.
COMMON SYMPTOMS OF VITAMIN B6 DEFICIENCY
Although it is very rare, the deficiency of vitamin B6 can occur and it is usually with lack of some other vitamin of B group.
Deficiency of vitamin B 6 is more common in older people, people that drink too much alcohol and smokers.
Pyridoxine deficiency can cause dermatitis increase risk of arthritis, arteriosclerosis, and diseases of liver. Some of the most common symptoms of vitamin B6 deficiency are exhaustion, tiredness, nervousness, depression, memory problems, headaches, skin diseases, cramps and stiffness.
FOOD RICH IN VITAMIN B 6
One of the best food sources of vitamin B6 are legumes and beans. It can also be found in nuts, cereal, avocado, banana, carrots, spinach, zucchini, salmon, chicken, eggs. It is also very important to know that these products lose almost half of their vitamin B 6 during their processing. Cooking, canning and freezing lowers the amounts of vitamin B6 found in these foods, so it is better to eat them fresh and unprocessed.
VITAMIN B 6 OVERDOSE
It may seem strange but too much of vitamin B 6 can also harm your organism as deficiency will. If you by any chance overdose on vitamin B 6 you may damage your nervous system, loss scent in your legs, feel misbalance and exhaustion. Some of more rare symptoms of overdose are allergic reactions, loss of appetite and sensibility to sunlight. If your organism is overdosed with this vitamin it will take about 6 moths for it to completely recover. Therefore it is important to pay attention on what you eat and especially how you combine supplements with food.