You might have noticed that unlike other vitamins, there are actually many distinct characters within the B-vitamin family, each with their own characteristics.
Originally it was believed that there was only one vitamin B, however as time and research developed, we now understand them to be a group of distinct compounds.
In supplemental form, you can still find the b-vitamins working together in a complex or available on their own for their individual benefits.
Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin which is involved in many processes throughout the body including metabolic, physiological and developmental.
We need B6 to support energy, mood, red blood cell production, fight fatigue, regulate hormones, support healthy homocysteine levels and support a healthy nervous system.
An important co-factor for over 100 biochemical reactions including, the conversion of Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids into anti-inflammatory prostaglandins as well as the co-factor for the enzyme which releases glucose, helping to maintain blood sugar levels.
It is also a potent antioxidant, thirsty for free radicals and so is key for cellular metabolism and wellbeing.
Food sources: Wholegrains, dark leafy greens, banana, carrots, potatoes, sunflower seeds, walnuts, avocados, pulses, beans, lentils. *Foods lose their B6 (as well as other nutrients) when heated. Try and integrate raw or gently cooked B6 rich food in your diet for maximum absorption.
Signs and symptoms of deficiency: Acne and skin issues, nervous system issues eg. Irritability, insomnia, impaired immunity, pms,
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