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Vitamin B6 deficiency and Neuropsychiatric Disorders

VITAMIN B6 (Pyridoxine HCI)

Vitamin B6 is the principle vitamin for processing amino acids, and for conversion of Antioxidant nutrients into energy. It must be obtained from food and supplements because your body cannot manufacture it. It plays a vital role in the function of nearly 100 enzymes that initiate essential chemical reactions in the body, i.e. the release of glucose from stored glycogen; the synthesis of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and nor epinephrine; and the synthesis of hemoglobin, found in red blood cells; and is critically important in transporting oxygen throughout the body.

A vitamin B6 deficiency Symptoms including:

  • Changes in mood, such as irritability, anxiety and depression

  • Confusion

  • Muscle pains

  • Low energy, or fatigue

  • Worsening of PMS symptoms

  • Worsening symptoms of anemia

Because vitamin B6 is so important for nerve function, a vitamin B6 deficiency is linked most commonly with neuropsychiatric disorders, including seizures, migraines, chronic pain and mood disorders like depression.

B6 status is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Other research shows that vitamin B6 deficiency is more common among older people, with the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia increasing as someone ages and their level of vitamin B6 drops.