Vitamin B6 is involved in over 100 different chemical reactions per minute in the body.
As a co-enzyme, B6 plays a synergistic role in mineral utilization across cell membranes, increasing the effectiveness of magnesium. Magnesium and B6 work synergistically to facilitate optimum assimilation of nutrients and the production of essential enzymes and hormones for healthy body function.
Vitamin B6 is essential to all phases of protein metabolism. It is required for the production of HCL (stomach acid). Proteins need adequate stomach acid to begin to breakdown into needed amino acids. For instance; Vitamin B6 along with magnesium and zinc is essential to separating and metabolizing the amino acid tryptophan and synthesizing serotonin. Both B6 and magnesium are essential in acquiring the amino acid, methionine from protein and synthesizing taurine. Taurine helps the brain maintain adequate dopamine levels. Magnesium and B6 are essential to the enzyme GAD, which converts glutamine to GABA. As one of the brain’s calming neurotransmitters, GABA has been known to help support seizure control and support healthy relaxation.
Studies have shown the benefits of vitamin B6 in relieving edema and reducing water retention, improving magnesium absorption, peripheral neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, rheumatism, cardiovascular occlusions and myocardial infarcts, learning and developmental disorders, and autism.
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.
Symptoms of Vitamin B6 Deficiency
Vitamin B6 deficiency has been linked to depression, schizophrenia, autism and irritability. Studies have shown a deficiency of vitamin B6 in people diagnosed with epilepsy, acne, arthritis and sebhorheic dermatitis.
Because the body requires vitamin B6 to properly metabolize so many different enzymes and proteins, a vitamin B6 deficiency can potentially be at the root of many different disorders, including yeast infections, water retention, premenstrual syndrome, an impaired immune system, Parkinson’s disease and arthritis.
Specifically, clinical studies have shown the benefits of vitamin B6 in treating:
carpal tunnel syndrome
attention deficit disorder
Foods rich in Vitamin B6:
Avocados, dates, leeks, green beans, watermelon, potatoes, pistachios, prunes, peas, rosemary, raw mushrooms and raw nuts.