Vitamin B6 Summary   Leave a comment

The last of the B vitamins that I am going to research right now is vitamin B6, pyridoxine. Like vitamin B1, the functions of vitamin B6 seem complex and not easy to summarize in lay language. As near as I can tell vitamin B6 is important for metabolizing nutrients (especially proteins), and synthesizing a variety of essential stuff for various body systems including the nervous, circulatory, and immune systems. It is water soluble, but unlike most water soluble nutrients that are not toxic at high doses because the body just flushes them out, apparently vitamin B6 may be toxic in high doses. According to Wikipedia, effects from toxic doses have been documented only from supplementation, not food sources of vitamin B6.

Luckily, vitamin B6 seems to be easy to come by in food since sources include fortified cereals, garbanzo beans, beef, potatoes, and rice; all of which I eat relatively frequently (but then, why I am deficient?). Bananas are also a good source of vitamin B6.

I have no idea why I’m deficient in vitamin B6 being that I’m not an alcoholic, elderly, undergoing dialysis, or taking any medications. It does seem like a common thread among deficiencies of the B vitamins is alcoholism; but really, I swear, I’m not an alcoholic. It is extremely rare for me to have more than one drink per week, and a more typical frequency would probably be once a month. We’d like to drink wine with dinner more often, but haven’t been able to get into a consistent practice of doing so.

Posted August 30, 2010 by mayakey in health, pre-pregnancy

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