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Vitamin B6

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Last reviewed: 20.11.2021
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Vitamins are special biologically active substances. And they play in our body is not the last role. Now science knows a large number of these "useful acids", but only thirteen of them are indispensable for the human body. One of these vitamins is vitamin B6, and what kind of importance it makes for each of us, now we will try to find out.

Basic information about vitamin B6

Basic information about vitamin B6

If you read any scientific treatise, you can hardly guess that pyridoxine, ademine or pyridoxal are the terms that designate vitamin B6. You may not even notice that you take this vitamin daily. The fact is that food of animal and vegetable origin contains a large amount of this biologically active substance in a moderate amount, so there is no special shortage. And did you know that this vitamin enters our body not only from the outside, but can also be produced by the microflora of our intestines?

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What daily dose of vitamin B6 do we need?

Vitamins are substances that are contained in minuscule amounts in our body, and, nevertheless, are excellent at coping with the work assigned to them. Therefore, even two milligrams of vitamin B6 is enough for the normal functioning of the body.

Under what conditions does the need for vitamin B6 increase?

There are times when the need for this vitamin can grow very much. The reason for this can be pregnancy in women or breastfeeding. Neuropsychiatric stresses also give a strong strain on the human body, so it needs additional support in the form of increased intake of vitamin B6. When powerful physical exertion, work in the cold, as well as work with radioactive substances or chemicals, it is recommended to increase the amount of products that this vitamin brings to the body. Also it should be consumed more if your daily diet consists mainly of products of protein origin.

How well does our body "take" vitamin B6?

Vitamin B6 is considered one of the most digestible vitamins. It is easily perceived by the body, and only a lack of magnesium can prevent the normal ingestion of the vitamin into the human body. Interaction of vitamin B6 with other active substances of the body

The presence of a normal volume of vitamin B6 helps to assimilate vitamin B12, as well as various compounds of Magnesium in the body.

What is the shortage of vitamin B6?

Usually, the lack of vitamin B6 is easy to identify due to external signs, manifested in humans. It can be dryness and roughness of the skin around the eyes or above the eyebrows, vertical cracks on the surface of the lips.

A person suffering from a deficiency of this vitamin is usually very irritable, inhibited, can complain of nausea and poor emotional well-being. If you notice such signs at yourself or someone close and familiar, contact your doctor. Vitamin deficiency in the body, however, like an overabundance, was not brought to good.

The situation is different in pregnant women. The lack of a vitamin for them is very dangerous. Such women are irritable, they are constantly sick and may not stop vomiting, loss of appetite, which will necessarily lead to exhaustion of the body. Their skin becomes inflamed, flakes and dries. With such symptoms, you need to urgently consult a doctor, and in no case should you try to "delay, but suddenly go away."

In infants, vitamin B6 deficiency manifests itself as increased excitability, slowing in growth and development, and gastrointestinal disorders. Very dangerous are cramps that resemble epilepsy, because the treatment of the child can go in a completely wrong direction.

Signs of an overabundance of vitamin B6 in the body

An excess of vitamin B6 can be if you increase the daily dose of a vitamin to 100 milligrams, and this will certainly lead to a decrease in sensitivity and numbness of nerve trunks in the hands and feet.

Factors affecting the amount of vitamin B6 in food

If you grind foods into flour or heat, the vitamin B6 content will drop by 25-30%. Freezing the same products practically does not affect the amount of vitamin in them.

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What can lead to a deficiency of vitamin B6 in the body?

Usually, the factors that reduce the production and assimilation of vitamin B6 in the body include radiation sickness, infectious intestinal diseases, and liver diseases. Some drugs can reduce the production of vitamin B6. These are contraceptives, antibiotics and drugs for the treatment of tuberculosis. Be cautious, because a lack of vitamins adversely affects you and can lower the effectiveness of immunity.

Among the nuts is a sufficiently rich vitamin B6 is hazelnut, its daily use will help maintain the vitamin balance. Sweet pepper, pomegranate and sea-buckthorn are products containing 0.5-0.8 mg of adenine.

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