Vitamin B6 is important for the immune system and digestion. It plays a role in the development of red blood cells. It is also important for the energy supply and ensures the proper functioning of the nervous system. Vitamin B6 is part of the vitamin B complex.
In food, vitamin B6 is usually bound to proteins. It is found in meat (especially chicken and liver), eggs, fish, cereals, potatoes and legumes. Vegetables, milk and cheese contain vitamin B6 in smaller amounts.
- Important for the regulation of hormonal activity.
- Contributes to the energy supply in the muscles during sports and helps in case of fatigue.
- Good for memory, concentration, learning performance and state of mind.
- Needed for growth.
- Positive effect on the functioning of the nervous system and the immune system; it is important for the production of immune cells.
- Supports the production of red blood cells.
- Good for protein metabolism and glycogen metabolism.
Prolonged severe shortages can lead to anemia, nerve diseases, reduced immune system, inflammation of the tongue and skin, depression, confusion and fatigue. In infants, a lack of vitamin B6 leads to symptoms such as convulsions, vomiting and weight loss.
High doses of vitamin B6 can lead to defects of the nervous system. In addition, light sensitivity or a deterioration of memory and thought processes can occur.
- One banana provides 20% of the required daily amount of vitamin B6.
- Vitamin B6 is very sensitive to light, but not to oxidation or heat.
- This vitamin is present in the liver, brains, plasma and red blood cells.
- Vitamin B6 was discovered in 1935 by the Hungarian-born American doctor and nutritionist Paul György.
- The term ‘pyridoxine’ is derived from the words pyridine (additive to denatured alcohol) and oxygenium (oxygen).