Vitamin B6 – Pyridoxine
In total vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is involved in over 50 enzymatic growth or breakdown processes, mainly reactions of amino acid metabolism.
Amino acids, building blocks of the food proteins, are activated and prepared for insertion into the body’s own proteins. Due to its focal involvement in amino acid metabolism, the more protein intake there is, the more vitamin B6 is needed.
The human body absorbs vitamin B6 via the intestine and transports it to the different organs and muscles via the blood. Vitamin B6 is also involved in the synthesizing of vitamin B3 (Niacin). Vitamin B6 enhances the production of the energy source glucose and its stored form glycogen. Important: A person needs vitamin B2 to generate vitamin B6.
Where can you find vitamin B6?
In avocados, bananas, kale, leeks (tuber), cauliflowers, potatoes, celeriac, sauerkraut, spinach, wheat germs and nuts.
What is Vitamin B6 good for?
As already mentioned above, vitamin B6 is needed for amino acid metabolism. This means it is also involved in the synthesizing of the vitamin B3. In addition vitamin B6 plays an important role in the building of some tissue hormones such as histamine and serotonin, that influence our mood.
So vitamin B6 promotes a positive attitude to life and keeps both mind and body awake. In addition it also plays a role in the functioning of the nervous system, immunity and hemoglobin synthesis.
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