What is Vitamin B6?
Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, is one of the 8 B-complex vitamins.
B-complex vitamins are extremely important in the human body as they are responsible for helping the body covert food (carbohydrates, fats, protein) into energy. They also aid in the healthy functioning of the nervous system, and your body’s skin, hair, eyes, and liver.
In particular, Vitamin B6 is necessary for proper brain development and function, helping the body create several neurotransmitters as well as the hormones serotonin, nonepinephrine, and melatonin.
How Does Vitamin B6 Work?
After ingestion, vitamin B6 will then get converted into its bioavailable form pyridoxal 5′-phosphate (PLP) in the liver and intestines.
After getting converted into PLP, vitamin B6 then works its way around the body and brain providing its numerous benefits including the creation of neurotransmitters, the regulation of Homocysteine in the blood, and providing nutrients to the cells throughout the body.
Why should you take Vitamin B6?
- Improves many bodily functions and systems
- Creation of neurotransmitters in the brain
- Promotes creation of vital hormones
- Improves brain health
- Helps create energy from food
- Can improve your mood
How to use Vitamin B6?
Many people can get all of the vitamin B6 that they need through proper nutrition and diet. Most people however do not get enough vitamin B6 in their diet.
As a supplement in healthy adults, vitamin B6 can be taken in 100 mg doses daily.
Side effects of Vitamin B6?
Side effects from vitamin B6 are rare. It is possible to take too much vitamin B6 however with possible side effects being headaches, heartburn, nausea, low blood pressure, acne, allergic reactions, and drowsiness.