Today we talk about vitamin B6, also known as "pyridoxine, " "pyridoxal" or "pyridoxamine". This vitamin is a water-soluble vitamin necessary for processing amino acids in the body, which as we know forms the building blocks of protein and hormones. It's involved in red blood cell metabolism, proper functioning of the nervous and immune systems and various other bodily functions.
Vitamin B6 is important for normal brain development. And it also aids in the production of the hormones serotonin and melatonin.
Other benefits are improving mood and reducing symptoms of depression, promoting brain health and reducing Alzheimer's risks, preventing and treating anemia, a useful treatment for symptoms of PMS, nausea during pregnancy and preventing clogged arteries, reducing heart disease risks.
And most importantly . . . vitamin B6 helps to improve immune response and increases the production of our antibodies. It also helps in communicative interactions between cytokines. B6 deficiency reduces the lymphocyte growth and proliferation, antibody formation and T-cell activity.
So this element is very important for protecting us from this "virus".
Now, if you were deficient in this vitamin . . . you may have skin rashes, cracked and sore lips, sore glossy tongue, mood changes, weakened immune function, fatigue, tingling and pain in the hands and feet and possible seizures.
So what are good sources of vitamin B6???
Well . . . that would be fish, potatoes, chickpeas, bananas, pork, chicken, turkey, peanuts, wheatgerm, and oats.
Tomorrow, we'll talk about vitamin B7
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