Vitamin B6, or pyridoxine, is a water-soluble vitamin, so the body is unable to synthesise or store it. This means that this essential vitamin has to come from our diets.
Like many B-group vitamins, vitamin B6 plays a key role in energy production and protein synthesis. It’s also essential to the production of several mood-related neurotransmitters (serotonin, melatonin and dopamine) and bolsters magnesium’s ability to alleviate stress, which is its most well-known use. Taking vitamin B6 as a dietary supplement can be a great step towards health and well-being.
Large amounts of this vitamin are found in meat, offal, oily fish, brewer’s yeast, bananas, cabbage, potatoes, spinach, aubergines, leeks, courgettes, legumes, wheat germ, etc.
Note: It’s easier for our bodies to absorb vitamin B6 from animal products than from plant sources, which offer poor absorption and can even interfere with the uptake of other forms of vitamin B6.
DID YOU KNOW?
Also known as the “muscle vitamin”, vitamin B6 was first isolated in 1934 by Hungarian scientist Paul Gyorgy, who was researching a cure for a skin disease by testing on rats. It would take another 5 years for this vitamin to be synthesised and given its scientific name, pyridoxine!
SUPPLEMENTS & CONTRAINDICATIONS:
An excess of vitamin B6 is rare, as very little of this vitamin can be stored by the body. Deficiencies are also rare; however, in certain cases (athletes, people who are pregnant, elderly or vegans, etc.), your required amount of vitamin B6 may be much higher.