Vitamin B 6 or pyridoxine is actually a group of substance – pyridoxine, pyridoxinal and pyridoxamine – that are closely related and function together.
- It helps in the absorption of fats and proteins, prevents nervous and skin disorders and protects against degenerative diseases.
- The main sources of this vitamin are yeast, wheat, bran, wheat germ, pulses, cereals, banana, walnuts, soybeans, milk, egg, liver, meat and fresh vegetables.
- Deficiency can lead to dermatitis, conjunctivitis, anemia, depression, skin disorders, nervousness, insomnia, migraine headaches and heart diseases.
- The recommended daily requirement is 2.0 mg. for adults and 0.2 mg. for children.
- This vitamin used therapeutically from 100 to 150 mg. daily can relieve painful joints and the discomforts of pregnancy and pre-menstrual symptoms.
- Vitamin B6 is now the most intensively studied of all vitamins.
- Researches are on the threshold of a number of promising developments involving treatments of various ailments with this vitamin.
- They include hyperactivity in children, asthma, arthritis, kidney stones, blood clots in heart attack victims and nervous disorders.
CATHERINE SHALINI RAJA
CARDIO RESPIRATORY PHYSICAL THERAPIST
FITNESS & SPORTS REHABILITATION SPECIALIST.