Vitamin B6, otherwise known as Pyridoxine is another member of the REIZE vitamin B family. Just like its comrades, B6 plays a vital role in the functioning of our bodies. Let’s take a closer look at why:
Why is it good?
From a more scientific perspective, Pyridoxine is involved in the formation of myelin, which is a protein layer that forms around nerve cells. It has also been shown to be useful for the treatment of anaemia, some seizures in newborns and the side effects of the drug cycloserine. Vitamin B6 is also vital in the process of metabolising certain macronutrients.
Why do we need them?
Vitamin B6 is important because it is involved in the process of making norepinephrine and serotonin. These chemicals are important because they transmit signals in the brain. These signals are essentially what your brain needs in order to carry out some of the most mundane and common tasks that we do in our day to day lives.
Basically, your brain cannot function to its maximum potential if it does not have enough vitamin B6. You would like to perform at your best at all times right?
Where is it found?
B6 is found in many food sources. It can be found in vegetables, grains, legumes, eggs, fish, cheese, milk, meat and flour. Plant food loses the least amount of B6 when processed, while milk can lose up to 70% of its B6 when dried. Specific foods that have a high vitamin B6 content level include chickpeas, bananas, pork, beef, turkey, potatoes, pistachios.
REIZE is also a great (and tasty) source of B6, so keep one in your back pocket for your daily dose of Pyridoxine!
Written by Nick Mclennan