What is the function of vitamin B6? Vitamin B6 or pyridoxine supports the activity of the nervous system and helps prevent the accumulation of homocysteine in the blood, thus significantly lowering the risk of developing coronary heart disease. Moreover, it improves glucose tolerance and actively participates in the production and metabolism of amino acids, with benefits for both the nervous system and muscle function. In addition to this, it helps reduce stress levels and is involved in the production of red blood cells, synthesizing hemoglobin. The essential B-group vitamin helps strengthen the immune system and supports the activity of the digestive system. Last but not least, vitamin B6 is the prerequisite for a healthy nervous system and plays an essential part in the growth and reproduction of cells, helps the body use selenium from food for thyroid health and produce vitamin B3.
Vitamin B6 deficiency symptoms: poor glucose tolerance, anemia and associated symptoms such as physical and mental fatigue, malaise (a general feeling of unwell), palpitations, extrasystoles (also known as skipped heart beats), nerve damage causing tingling in extremities, numbness or pin and needles sensations, muscle weakness, constipation, skin problems such as eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, inflammation of the corners of the mouth, dry mouth, tongue swelling, changes in color or burning sensation in the tongue, sleepiness, confusion, even convulsions and seizures, the more severe side effects being a sign of a more serious vitamin B6 deficiency.
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