Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, is a water-soluble vitamin that your body needs for several functions. It’s significant to protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism and the creation of red blood cells and neurotransmitter. Your body cannot produce vitamin B6, so you must obtain it from foods or supplements. Banana, tuna, salmon and potatoes are some sources of vitamin B6.
Most people get enough vitamin B6 through their diet, but certain people may be at risk for deficiency. Consuming adequate amounts of vitamin B6 is important for optimal health and may even prevent and treat chronic diseases. Here are 3 importance of vitamin B6 for the body.
1. Better circulation.
Homocysteine is one of the amino acids in your body. High levels of homocysteine in your bloodstream can lead to heart problems. Vitamin B6 helps maintain a normal amount of this amino acid in your blood.
2. Vitamin B6 is needed for a stronger immune system.
Vitamin B6 helps chemical reactions in the immune system, helping it work better. Eating foods rich in vitamin B6 will help your body guard against infection.
3. Better mood. Your body needs vitamin B6 to make serotonin, a hormone that elevates your mood. Not having enough vitamin B6 in your diet can contribute to depression.
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