Vitamin B6 – The Benefits
Also called pyridoxine, is one of eight B vitamins. All B vitamins help the body convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which is used to produce energy. These B vitamins, often referred to as B-complex vitamins, also help the body metabolise fats and protein. B-complex vitamins are needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver. They also help the nervous system function properly.
All B vitamins are water soluble, meaning the body does not store them.
Vitamin B6 helps the body make several neurotransmitters, chemicals that carry signals from one nerve cell to another. It is needed for healthy brain development and function and helps the body make the hormones serotonin and norepinephrine, which influence mood, and melatonin, which helps regulate the body clock.
Along with vitamins B12 and B9 (folic acid), B6 helps control levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine is an amino acid that may be associated with heart disease. The body needs B6 to absorb vitamin B12 and to make red blood cells and cells of the immune system.
It is rare to have a significant deficiency of B6, although studies indicate many dogs and cats may be mildly deficient. Symptoms of severe deficiency include:
- Muscle weakness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Short-term memory loss
It is not clear how vitamin B6 might affect heart disease. Dogs and cats who do not get enough B6 in their diet have a higher risk of heart disease. And B6 plays a role in lowering levels of homocysteine in the blood. High levels of homocysteine appear to be associated with heart disease. But scientists do not know precisely what the relationship is. They also do not know whether lowering levels of homocysteine will reduce your risk of heart disease.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
One large study found that women who took 50 mg of vitamin B6 daily, along with 1,000 mcg of cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12) and 2,500 mcg of folic acid, reduced their risk of developing AMD, an eye disease that can cause vision loss.
Vitamin B6 helps your body make serotonin, a chemical that influences mood. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, and some antidepressant medications work by raising levels of serotonin. Some researchers think that vitamin B6 might help reduce symptoms of depression.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
Low levels of vitamin B6 have been associated with RA. Some studies also suggest that dogs with RA may need more vitamin B6 than healthy dogs because chronic inflammation may lower B6 levels.
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