Vitamin B6: How Does It Work
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is sometimes called "antidepressant-vitamin" because it is involved in the synthesis of serotonin.
Pyridoxine refers to vitamins, soluble in water. It is rapidly excreted from the body (approximately eight hours after administration). Therefore, the vitamin doesn’t tend to accumulate in the body and must be replenished constantly using products containing B6 and vitamin preparations.
Pyridoxine is resistant to heat treatment and oxygen, but the light is rapidly destroyed by exposure to light.
How Vitamin B6 Works
- Vitamin B6 is needed for the healthy functioning of the central nervous system. It is involved in the synthesis of neurotransmitter.
- Pyridoxine is important in metabolism.
- Vitamin B6 is directly involved in the synthesis of enzymes, hemoglobin, protein, histamine, glutamic acid, prostaglandins, catecholamines, serotonin metabolism.
- Pyridoxine improves the absorption of unsaturated fatty acids.
- Vitamin B6 reduces lipid levels and cholesterol
- Pyridoxine improves the contractility of the heart muscle - the myocardium.
- Vitamin B6 contributes to the conversion to the active form of folic acid.
- Pyridoxine stimulates hematopoiesis (blood).
Daily Requirements for Vitamin B6 in Russia, UK and USA
- Men in Russia: 11 - 14 years (1.8 mg.), 15 - 18 years (2.0 mg.), 19 - 50 years (2 mg.), 60 - 75 years (2.2 mg.).
- Men in United Kingdom: 11 - 14 years (1.2 mg .), 15 - 18 (1.5 mg.), 19 - 51 year (1.4 mg.).
- U.S. Men: 11 - 14 (1.7 mg.), 15 - 51 year (2.0 mg.).
- Russian Women: 11 - 18 years (1.6 mg.), 19 - 59 years (1.8 mg.), 60 - 75 years (2 mg.).
- Women in United Kingdom: 11 - 14 (1, 0 mg.), 15 - 51 (1.2 mg.).
- U.S. Women 11 - 14 years (1.5 mg.), 15 - 51 year (1.6 mg.).
- Pregnant women: Russia, the United Kingdom (+ 0.3 mg.), USA (2.2 mg.).
- Lactating women: Russia, the United Kingdom (0.5 mg.), USA (2.1 mg.).
Vitamin B6 has many important functions for health, youth and beauty of the human body. Its presence in the diet should be regular and sufficient.