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Vitamin B6 -The busiest vitamin in your body

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Written on the 11 April 2016 by The Compounding Team

Vitamin B6 benefits your body in multiple ways. Vitamin B6 is part of the vitamin B group, and its active form, pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP) serves as a coenzyme in many enzyme reactions in amino acid, glucose, and lipid metabolism. It is involved in no less than 100 different chemical reactions in your body every minute. Those processes include making amino acids, creating neurotransmitters like serotonin and metabolizing energy released in creating red blood cells. Vitamin B6 benefits also include helping to balance hormones and strengthen the immune system.
PLP is also involved in many aspects histamine synthesis, haemoglobin synthesis and function, and gene expression. The liver is the site for vitamin B6 metabolism.

Some Benefits of B6 supplementation
Your Solution Compounding Pharmacy compounds Vitamin B6 in capsule form, (Veg Caps), thus enabling easy administration, and of the correct strength and dosage for optimum supplementation. 

Studies have shown the benefits of vitamin B6 improves magnesium deficiency, peripheral neuropathy, tendonitis, rheumatism, cardiovascular occlusions and myocardial infarcts. The intake of vitamin B6 could cut the risk of Parkinson's disease in smokers by half. (A prospective study from the Netherlands).

Vitamin B6 intake and PLP levels are inversely related to the risk of colon cancer. In most cases, scientists believe that supplementing the diet with vitamin B6 allows the body to better utilise other supplements and medications, and improves the effectiveness of other treatments for those conditions.

Specifically, clinical studies have shown the benefits of vitamin B6 in treating:

  • autism
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • asthma
  • endometriosis
  • premenstrual syndrome
  • oedema
  • atherosclerosis
  • acne
  • attention deficit disorder
  • schizophrenia
  • clinical depression

Symptoms of Vitamin B6 Deficiency
The body requires vitamin B6 to properly metabolize many different other enzymes and proteins, therefore a vitamin B6 deficiency can potentially be at the root of many different disorders. A deficiency of vitamin B6 often occurs in association with other vitamins of the B complex. The elderly and alcoholics have an increased risk of vitamin B6 deficiency, as well as other micronutrient deficiencies.

Evidence exists for decreased levels of vitamin B6 in women with type 1 diabetes, and in patients with systemic inflammation, liver disease and those infected with HIV. Use of oral contraceptives and hydrocortisone negatively impact vitamin B6 status, and haemodialysis reduces vitamin B6 plasma levels. Vitamin B6 deficiency has been linked to depression, schizophrenia, autism and irritability. Studies have shown a deficiency of vitamin B6 in people diagnosed with epilepsy, acne, arthritis and seborrheic dermatitis.

Please contact Your Solution Compounding Pharmacy for more information about Vitamin B6 supplementation, or visit us at 1/6 Pine Rivers Office Park, 205 Leitchs Rd. Brendale, QLD.

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