Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, plays a prominent role in the biosynthesis of various neurotransmitters, including GABA, serotonin, dopamine, noradrenaline, histamine, and glycine.*
- Helps the body convert food into energy*
- Aids in neurotransmitter synthesis*
- Supports healthy cell function*
- Helps metabolize homocysteine*
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) helps the body synthesize and break down amino acids, similar to the other B vitamins, and enhances zinc and magnesium uptake.
B6 is vital for metabolizing essential fatty acids and converting tryptophan to niacin. It's also necessary for growth, heme-iron formation, amino-acid interconversions, binding steroid hormones, and breaking down carbohydrates for energy.
B6 also helps the body metabolize histidine, carnitine, and taurine, along with dopamine and other neuromodulators.
A Japanese study selected 21 people with varying degrees of anxiety plus a control group. Those suffering from anxiety all had low levels of iron and vitamin B6. Low iron and B6 can lead to low serotonin, and diminished serotonin can trigger anxiety and even panic attacks.
Vitamin B6 food sources include red meat, fish, turkey, eggs, legumes, and seeds.
- Spinneker A et al. Vitamin B6 status, deficiency and its consequences – an overview. Nutr Hosp. 2007 Jan-Feb;22(1):7-24.