Benefits of having Vitamin B6 in your diet

Vitamins and minerals are vital and there are many ways of obtaining healthy amounts. Vitaminfood meal replacement shakes is one way of doing so. Vitamin B6 is one of its components and also one of the essential vitamins and minerals. Get to see its benefits below.

Vitamin B6 can make you more jolly, a whole lot healthier immune wise and brain-wise. It can do quite something on your memory and cognitive ability when coupled with a few other nutrients.

Vitamin B6 is the common and generic name for 6 other vitamers which are pretty much the same group of compounds. These are pyridoxine (which is the most abundant and a substitute name for Vitamin B6 and also the alcohol variation), pyridoxal (the aldehyde variation), pyridoxamine and 3 other phosphate variations. These are all important for different functions in the body.

Vitaminfood meal replacement shakes are a complete meal option with Vitamin B6 fortification to ensure you get the required quantities. We supply the coenzyme forms PLP and PMP to further increase the utility of the B6 from Vitaminfood diets.

Nutritional benefits of Vitamin B6 in the diet

  1. Vitamin B6 is a coenzyme in chemical reactions majorly for energy metabolism and protein synthesis.

PLP and PMP are both necessary for catalyzing more than 100 different enzyme reactions involved in amino acids metabolism and metabolism of lipids, carbohydrates and single-carbon units.

This makes them vital in normal body functioning because of the nature and importance of the reactions they catalyze. The proteins in the discussion here include hemoglobin for oxygen transportation, amino acids and fatty acids for genetic material is also included in the list.

  1. Regulate homocysteine amounts in the body.

This is an amino acid that has been linked to Congestive heart failure if in large amounts within the blood (hyperhomocysteinemia). This causes inflammation of the heart and vessels among other complications. However, vitamins B6, B9 and B12 have been proven to work together to keep this amino acid in check and prevent CHF.

  1. Synthesis of neurotransmitters and myelin

The biosynthesis of neurotransmitters in the brain also depends on Vitamin B6. The neurotransmitters include serotonin- boosts our mood and its deficiency linked to depression, norepinephrine, melatonin – controls sleep cycle by means of an internal clock. The efficient transfer of impulses across nerve cells affects the mood, sleep and more hormone controlled factors.

    4.  Helps fight infection by supporting the immune system

A deficiency affects the immune system; both the cell-mediated and humoral defense mechanisms. The activities involved like differentiation and maturation, sensitivity and antibody production are all impacted by a deficiency and promoted by healthy amounts.

  1. Improves the condition of pregnancy

This could happen in a variety of ways:

  • It helps reduce morning sickness, either the feeling of nausea or vomiting whose prevalence amongst pregnant females is high. This quite easily and very often disrupts social interactions and physical functioning.
  • Reduces preterm birth by promoting healthy nervous system development in the fetus and mother’s functioning.
  • Ensure normal brain development for the fetus.


  1. Shown to keep of cancers affecting the gut. Colorectal cancer for instance can be kept off by maintaining a healthy intake of Vitamin B6
  2. Improve cognitive functioning

In the elderly people whose cognitive decline with aging sets in heavily, Vitamin B6 supplementation could help reduce this rate of decline and reduce the risk of late-life depression. Amongst those studied, the ones under supplements scored higher in tests showing the effectiveness.

  1. It’s mood-boosting effect could help reduce the manifestation of other premenopausal syndromes
  2. Vitamin B6 in the form of PLP is also needed in the conversion of tryptophan, an amino acid, to niacin, another B vitamin (B3) thus prevent its deficiency and promote all the health benefits that come with vitamin B3.
  3. Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

This condition causes numbness, pain and weakness of the fingers and hand due to issues with the median nerve located at the wrist. It could have been compressed by repeated injury or stress and swelling. Treatment with Vitamin By6 has been shown to improve the condition in a number of cases.

  1.   Other medical advantages of having healthy Vitamin B6 amounts and its supplementation include:
  •         Prevention and improvement of arthritis and osteoporosis
  •         Treatment of hereditary sidero-blastic anemia
  •         Prevent side-effects of certain antipsychotic drugs from showing. Side effects could include unwanted muscle movements and neuroleptic incapabilities.


Vitamin B6 cannot be produced in the body and must therefore be obtained from dietary sources. Vitaminfood is one sure and effective way to get your daily dose of the recommended daily intake. It is also a sustainable one for long-term use and whenever you feel like it.

In the body, Vitamin B6 is absorbed in the jejunum, the upper part of the small intestine between the duodenum and the ileum. Its concentration can be measured from plasma and deficiency realized.

The recommended daily intake for different ages.






Birth to 6 months

0.1 mg*

0.1 mg*

7–12 months

0.3 mg*

0.3 mg*

1–3 years

0.5 mg

0.5 mg

4–8 years

0.6 mg

0.6 mg

9–13 years

1.0 mg

1.0 mg

14–18 years

1.3 mg

1.2 mg

1.9 mg

2.0 mg

19–50 years

1.3 mg

1.3 mg

1.9 mg

2.0 mg

51+ year

1.7 mg

1.5 mg



It is rare to get Vitamin B6 deficiency on its own as it is usually tied to deficiency of another B vitamin. Groups prone to such a deficiency include:

  • Alcoholics because of the reduced absorption rates and nutritional intake
  • People with other conditions like uremia, liver cirrhosis, hyperthyroidism, malabsorption and gut disorders like Celiac disease or Crohn’s disease, end-stage renal disorders and congestive heart failure.

All these conditions result in the intake of very little B6, insensitivity by the different muscles and organs or excessive excretion of this water0-soluble vitamin leaving inadequate amounts in the body.

Symptoms of a deficiency are: muscle weakness, nervousness, irritability, depression, memory loss, confusion and reduced span of concentration. Inflammation of the tongue, mouth ulcers and skin defects are also associated with B vitamins.

Vitamin B6 deficiency is further associated with microcytic anemia, electroencephalographic abnormalities, dermatitis with cheilosis (scaling on the lips and cracks at the corners of the mouth) and glossitis (swollen tongue), depression and confusion, and weakened immune function Individuals with borderline vitamin B6 concentrations or mild deficiency might have no deficiency signs or symptoms for months or even years. In infants, vitamin B6 deficiency causes irritability, abnormally acute hearing, and convulsive seizures

The effects of being deficient in Vitamin B6 include:

  • Skin disorders like itchy rashes on the skin
  • Impaired function and reduced sensitivity of peripheral nerves
  • Complications with general blood circulation due to inflammation and unhealthy homocysteine levels
  • Impaired production of mucus by mucous membranes.

Toxicity and safety

Adverse effects are not characteristic of vitamin B6 supplementation and is therefore safe for most people, very rarely will it cause lethal reactions.

Up to that point, it is evident that Vitamin B6 is needed for the body to function optimally, especially the 100+ enzymatic reactions. Vitaminfood is here to ensure all those reactions progress as they should and that the neurotransmitters are produced and the homocysteine is regulated. Get Vitaminfood for B6 supply and worry less.