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Vitamin B 6

By May 17, 2022No Comments

What is it good for?

Let’s first take a look at B complex you probably have heard of or maybe even taking today, but you know little if anything about it except that you ought to have it. Well, here is what you need to know about the B family, which consists of six basic different B vitamins, and each serves a different need and basic purpose in your body. We will take these six up in turn, starting with B 6, but first what are the six?

Water Soluble

They are all water-soluble, which usually means that they will dissolve in water. But in vitamin speak, it means that the body doesn’t make it, uses it up, and your diet must supply them each day. They have many important functions and are vital for maintaining good health. They must be part of the daily diet to give the body what it needs to operate properly.

Here are the six, according to

Vitamin B complex supplements usually contain the following:

•  B1 (thiamine). Thiamine plays an essential role in metabolism by helping convert nutrients into energy. The richest food sources include pork, sunflower seeds, and wheat germ.

•  B2 (riboflavin). Riboflavin helps convert food into energy and acts as an antioxidant. Foods highest in riboflavin include organ meats, beef, and mushrooms.

•  B3 (niacin). Niacin plays a role in cellular signaling, metabolism, and DNA production and repair. Food sources include chicken, tuna, and lentils.

•  B5 (pantothenic acid). Like other B vitamins, pantothenic acid helps your body obtain energy from food and is also involved in hormone and cholesterol production. Liver, fish, yogurt, and avocado are all good sources.

•  B6 (pyridoxine). Pyridoxine is involved in amino acid metabolism, red blood cell production, and the creation of neurotransmitters. Foods highest in this vitamin include chickpeas, salmon, and potatoes.

•  B7 (biotin). Biotin is essential for carbohydrate and fat metabolism and regulates gene expression. Yeast, eggs, salmon, cheese, and liver are among the best food sources of biotin.

•  B9 (folate). and white blood cells, and proper cell division. It can be found in foods like leafy greens, liver, and beans or in supplements in the form of folic acid.

•  B12 (cobalamin). Perhaps the most well-known of all the B vitamins, B12 is vital for neurological function, DNA production, and red blood cell development. B12 is found naturally in animal sources like meats, eggs, seafood, and dairy

•  Although these vitamins share some characteristics, they all have unique functions and are needed in different amounts.

•  We covered Vitamin B1 in two different articles last week, so we will not touch that one next, so we will dive on into Vitamin B 6 and tell you all about it.

•  Vitamin B 6

It is important for normal brain development and for keeping the nervous system and immune system healthy. Food sources are poultry, fish, potatoes, chickpeas, bananas, and fortified cereals. It can also be taken as a supplement, usually an oral capsule, tablet, or liquid. So that means that whatever you do, in our current abundant society you should never be without this valuable dietary resource.

We never think of what different parts of the body do in taking in food. Here is where the digestion of this element starts. Your body absorbs vitamin B6, or pyridoxine, in the upper part of your small intestine, the jejunum.


Before absorption, a phosphate group must be removed, allowing B6 to be a free molecule. Then, the vitamin is absorbed from the intestine into the blood without the need for energy. This process is called passive diffusion.

The jejunum is where it is absorbed. Consider food moving out of the stomach down into the upper part of the small intestine, the jejunum. There it is where it goes to work for you. It absorbs nutrients (vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats, proteins) and water from food so they can be used by the body. The small intestine connects the stomach and the colon. It includes the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum.

Now, if you just read this, you know where most food starts its job of giving you energy and the fuel it needs to operate the incredible machine that is your body. It takes a lot to keep it happy.

Next Issue Will Cover What Vitamin B6 Does for You This is a magic component. Never do without it. We will also discuss what happens when you are deficient.

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