Vitamin B6 also goes by the name of pyridoxine. Vitamin b6 exists in three forms as pyridoxal, pyridoxine and pyridoxamine. The human body requires adequate amounts of vitamin B6 to strengthen the immune system, to prevent anemia, for the proper functioning of the metabolic system and to prevent heart ailments and control blood pressure.
The daily Recommended Dietary Allowance of Vitamin B6 for a healthy adult is about 1.3mg while a pregnant woman requires 1.9mg of vitamin B6. Lactating mothers need about 2mg of this vitamin.
We can get vitamin B6 from two sources – from the food that we eat, and from vitamin supplements. The dietary sources of vitamin B6 are wheat bran, sunflower seeds, soybean, oatmeal, tomato juice, peanut butter, pork, mutton, chicken breast, garbanzo beans, fish, bananas, lima beans, spinach and bananas among others.
Otherwise you can take a B-complex tablet to meet your daily requirements of vitamin B6. However, meeting your daily vitamin B6 requirement, by taking supplements over an extended period of time, can lead to health complications.
Vitamin B6 acts as a co-enzyme and controls more than one hundred enzymatic functions. Our body will not be able to break down complex nutrients like carbohydrates, proteins and fats into their simpler forms without the presence of vitamin B6.
Edema is a health condition wherein the body retains water, leading to swelling of body parts. People suffering from edema find great relief when they take B- Complex vitamins which has a specific amount of vitamin B6.
A strong immune system is able to fight various disease conditions. On the other people with weakened immune system are prone to illness. By consuming food rich in vitamin B6, the immune system can be strengthened. Vitamin b6 also synthesizes antibodies and red blood cells, two important components which form part of the body’s natural defense mechanism.
PMS or post menstrual syndrome can wreak havoc with a woman’s physical and emotional well being. Eating foods rich in this important vitamin can help to reduce the discomfort associated with PMS.
Vitamin B6 is also known to treat morning sickness, stop excessive hair fall and treat a variety of skin conditions including psoriasis, acne and eczema.