Like most vitamins, vitamin B6 (or pyroxidine) is not produced by the human body. And yet, this vitamin is essential for its proper functioning!
The body, which needs it and this vitamin, must therefore obtain daily through a balanced diet and varied to avoid a lack of vitamin B6.Pregnant women, adolescents and the elderly are most at risk of having vitamin B6 deficiency.
What is Vitamin B6 for?
Vitamin B6 plays a crucial role in the metabolism of proteins (amino acids) and carbohydrates (glycogen breakdown).
It also helps the brain function since it is involved in the synthesis of certain neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine. In fact, this vitamin is a co-enzyme needed to make these neurotransmitters.
Moreover, this action at the brain level is widely promoted by some laboratories marketing food supplements. Thus, dietary supplements combining vitamin B6 and magnesium, are offered for sale in order to fight against stress, insomnia, etc.
This vitamin is also involved in the manufacture of hemoglobin.
Sources of vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 or peroxydine is provided by a wide variety of foods. Here are the main suppliers of vitamin B6:
- Cereals : wheat germ, whole grains, muesli, buckwheat flour.
- Meat : veal liver, heifer and lamb and poultry, ham, turkey.
- Fish : salmon, mackerel, mullet, herring, plaice, trout, tuna, periwinkle.
- Fruits and vegetables : bananas, garlic, sunflower seeds, potatoes, walnuts, hazelnuts, white beans, green beans.
- Eggs .
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