|Vitamin B-6 or Pyridoxine is involved in more bodily functions than almost any other single nutrient. It affects both physical and mental health. It is beneficial if you suffer from water retention, and is necessary for the production of hydrochloric acid and the absorption of fats and protein. Pyridoxine also aids in maintaining sodium and
potassium balance, and promotes red blood cell formation. It is required by the nervous
system, and is needed for normal brain function and for the synthesis of the nucleic acids RNA and DNA, which contain
the genetic instructions for the reproduction of all cells and for normal cellular growth. It activates
many enzymes and aids in the absorption of vitamin
B12, in immune system function, and in antibody production.
Vitamin B6 plays a role in cancer immunity and aids in the prevention of
arteriosclerosis. It inhibits the
formation of a toxic chemical called homocysteine, which attacks the heart muscle and allows the deposition of cholesterol around the heart muscle. Pyridoxine acts as a mild diuretic, reducing the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, and it may be useful in preventing oxalate kidney stones as well. It is helpful in
the treatment of allergies, arthritis, and asthma.
A deficiency of vitamin B6 may be recognized by anemia, convulsions, headaches, nausea, flaky skin, a sore tongue, and vomiting. Other possible signs of deficiency include
acne, anorexia, arthritis, conjunctivitis, cracks or sores on the mouth and lips,
depression, dizziness, fatigue, hyperirritability, impaired wound healing, inflammation of the mouth and gums, learning difficulties, weak memory, hair loss, hearing problems, numbness, oily facial skin, stunted growth, and tingling
sensations. Carpal tunnel syndrome has been linked to a deficiency of vitamin B6 as well.