What does vitamin b6 do?
Vitamin B6 aids in the formation of several neurotransmitters and is therefore an essential nutrient in the regulation of mental processes and possibly mood.
In combination with folic acid and vitamin B12, vitamin B6 lowers homocysteine levels—an amino acid linked to heart disease and stroke, and possibly other diseases as well, such as osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease.
A rare, but severe, form of childhood epilepsy results from an inborn error in the metabolism of vitamin B6. Children with this form of epilepsy have an abnormal dependence on vitamin B6 and are usually mentally retarded. Seizure activity is reversible with intravenous injections of vitamin B6, which must be administered by a doctor.1
In some,2 3 but not all,4 studies, vitamin B6 supplements improved glucose tolerance in women with diabetes caused by pregnancy.
Where is vitamin b6 found?
Vitamin B6 has been used in connection with the following conditions
Who is likely to be deficient of vitamin b6?
How much vitamin b6 is usually taken?
Are there any side effects or interactions with vitamin b6?
Since vitamin B6 increases the bioavailability of magnesium, these nutrients are sometimes taken together.
Are there any drug interactions?