Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

Functions

  • Important in utilizing all food sources for energy.
  • Important for synthesizing amino acids, proteins and chemicals needed for nerve transmission.
  • Important for maintaining blood sugar level.
  • Important for immune response.
  • Helps in Red Blood Cell production.
  • Treats premenstrual symptoms.

Sources

  • Liver
  • Whole grains
  • Wheat germ
  • Wheat bran
  • Whole cereals
  • Dried yeast
  • Fish
  • Meat
  • Eggs
  • Legumes
  • Soyabeans
  • Peanuts
  • Walnuts
  • Banana
  • Prunes
  • Avocado
  • Potato
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage

Deficiency

  • Fatigue
  • Anaemia
  • Nerve related problems
  • Dermatitis
  • Stomatitis (angle of the mouth gets affected)
  • Glossitis (shiny tongue)
  • Chelosis (lips become red)
  • Skin problems

Toxicity

  • Toxic in doses more than 200 mg / day.
  • Symptoms

o    Nerve damage

Recommended dietary allowances