Nutrition and Information Guide: Vitamin B6 or Pyridoxine

About vitamin B6 or pyridoxine, nutritional information guide, uses, effects of deficiency, good sources of vitamin B6 or pyridoxine.

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

Use in the Body: Aids in breakdown and use of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Helps form antibodies and red blood cells. Participates in the use of energy in brain and nervous tissues and is therefore important in the regulation of the central nervous system and protection against stress. Has been used in the control of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.

Deficiency May Lead to: Muscular weakness, nervousness, irritability, depression, mouth disorders, dermatitis, convulsions, anemia.

Notes: Need may be increased in women taking oral contraceptives.

Best Sources: Whole grains, meats, nuts, and brewers' yeast.

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