We have often heard about the breakdown of carbohydrates, fats and minerals. However one of the important aspects of a healthy human body is the breakdown of proteins. This breakdown is done with the help of Vitamin B6. It not only breaks down the proteins but also absorbs the amino acids and stabilizes the mood of the person. Sudden hormonal changes in women disturb the working of the body. It is because of Vitamin B6 that the hormonal changes occurring at the premenstrual and menstrual pain and discomfort are balanced and relieved.

What is the role of Vitamin B6 in the body?

Vitamin B6 is also called as pyridoxine and is a water soluble vitamin. It breaks down the protein that we consume thus enabling the muscles to absorb the energy. The body needs Vitamin B6 for about more than 100 enzyme reactions that are involved and required for metabolism. It plays an important role in developing the brain as well as the immune system. In addition to the above functions, Vitamin B6 is essential for the body because it makes the antibodies that are needed to fight diseases, helps to maintain normal nerve function, make haemoglobin, carry oxygen through the red blood cells to the tissues by participating in the synthesis of hormones and red blood cells, and keep the blood sugar levels within the normal range.

How much of Vitamin B6 is enough for your body?

Vitamin B6 intake depends upon the age, gender, illnesses and whether the individual is pregnant. It also depends on the amount of protein consumed. Generally, an infant should consume about 0.1 mg per day; an adult male should consume about 1.3 -1.7 mg of Vitamin B6 daily; females need a consumption of about 1.3 -1.5 mg and pregnant women require about 1.9 - 2 mg of Vitamin B6 regularly.

How does lack of Vitamin B6 affect your body?

If one does not replenish the required amount of Vitamin B6 it causes confusion, depression, irritability, sores in the tongue and mouth, anaemia, itchy rashes, scaly skin on the lips, cracks at the corners of the mouth, swollen mouth and weak immune system. Deficiency of Vitamin B6 may lead to extremely sensitive hearing or seizures.

What are the natural sources of Vitamin B6?

As Vitamin B6 is a water soluble vitamin, it gets dissolved easily in the body. Hence this needs constant replenishment. Generally fortified cereals and breads contain Vitamin B6. Natural and rich sources of Vitamin B6 are found in foods like fish, chicken, bananas, meat, whole grain products, nuts, vegetables, legumes, potatoes and other starchy vegetables, plantains and winter quash.

When should Vitamin B6 supplement be consumed?

Many multivitamins contain Vitamin B6. They are usually available in dietary supplements in the form of pyridoxine. They are available at the chemists in the form of tablets and should be consumed only on the advice of the physician.

How does pregnancy get affected by lack of Vitamin B6?

Lack of Vitamin B6 during pregnancy may lead to abnormal heart rhythm, skin reactions, gastrointestinal effects, vomiting, lump in the throat, abdominal discomfort, sedation, breast soreness or enlargement, persistent bleeding, etc. Also it lowers blood pressure and may affect the blood sugar levels.

Which diseases are caused due to lack of Vitamin B6?

The diseases are:

  • Heart Disease: A few of the B Vitamins lower the level of homocysteine in the blood. This reduces the risk of heart disease.

  • Cancer: Deficiency of Vitamin B6 leads to colorectal cancer which may prove to be fatal

  • Cognitive Function: Vitamin B6 enables an individual to have a better and sharp memory. A deficiency of Vitamin B6 may lead an individual to be moody and cause dementia.

  • Premenstrual Syndrome: As it is responsible for the metabolism and regulation of hormones in the body, its deficiency may lead to moodiness, irritability, forgetfulness, bloating and anxiety

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