Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
The women’s vitamin
Vitamin B6 is a collective name for pyrodoxin, pyridoxal and pyridoxamine, which help in the conversion of amino acids, fats and carbohydrates. Your need for vitamin B6 depends on your intake of protein, and is therefore very unique. However, most adults rarely get enough vitamin B6 through their diet. Like the other B vitamins, the intake of B6 takes place in the small intestine.
There is evidence that the vitamin has a special function for women. Among other things, severe menstrual pain, PMS, as well as severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, can be treated with high doses of vitamin B6. The vitamin does not harm either mother or child, but must be prescribed by a doctor.
Your need for vitamin B rises during periods of illness, stress and hard work. Symptoms of a deficiency are rare, but may include changes in the skin, anemia, oral inflammation and confusion, and, in severe cases, depression and cramps that resemble those which occur during epileptic seizures. In children, lack of vitamin B6 can lead to cramps, indigestion, weight loss and irritability.
You must also be careful if you are elderly, have a unvaried diet or drink a lot of alcohol. In addition, a number of medical treatments, like chemotherapy, can lead to a shortage of vitamin B6. If , any of these apply to you, please consult your doctor.
Vitamin B6 is sensitive to external influences, and is broken down by, among other things, preserving, frying, stewing, alcohol and estrogen. Therefore, you should also be extra-aware if you are taking birth control pills or similar contraceptives.
An overdose is rare, as B vitamins are water soluble and are rapidly broken down. However, at high doses, you may experience disturbances in your body's movements and coordination, as well as reduced feeling and temperature sense in the limbs.
You can find vitamin B6 in:
- Lean meat
- Whole grains
Recommended daily dosage: