B6 for protein metabolism

We’ve discussed B12, now let’s look at that other B vitamin, B6. B6 is a water-soluble vitamin that comes in three forms: pyridoxine, pyridoxal, pyridoxamine. It is important because it is used by over 100 enzymes involved in protein metabolism. We need B6 to make hemoglobin, which carries oxygen to tissues in the body. Also vital to the immune system. It maintains lymphoid organs health, which make white blood cells. A deficiency of B6 has shown decreased antibody production and suppressed immune responses. Great for blood sugar regulation. B6 converts stored carbohydrates to glucose to maintain blood sugar levels during low caloric intake. It’s great for the brain as well. It is needed for the synthesis of serotonin and dopamine (neurotransmitters vital for nerve cell communication). B6 may be used to prevent/treat:

  • cardiovascular conditions (like atherosclerosis and hypertension),
  • nervous system conditions (carpal tunnel syndrome, depression, autism, and epilepsy)
  • skin conditions (acne and eczema)
  • it’s linked to alcoholism
  • asthma
  • kidney stones
  • PMS

  Excellent sources of B6 include:

  • spinach
  • bell peppers
  • turnip greens

whereas other good sources include:

  • garlic
  • tuna
  • cauliflower
  • mustard greens
  • celery
  • cabbage
  • asparagus
  • broccoli
  • kale
  • collard greens
  • Brussels sprouts
  • cod
  • chard
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