Pyridoxin (B6)

This vitamin may also be called pyridoxal phosphate or pyridoxamine. This vitamin plays an important role in the breakdown of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, but also is required in the production of red blood cells and amino acid metabolism.  

It is rare to have a deficiency in this vitamin, but when it does occur skin disorders similar to that of deficiencies in riboflavin and niacin occur. Some people believe that high does of pyridoxine are a remedy for pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), but there is no proof at the moment for such claims.

This vitamin is found in most foods, and thus this is why deficiencies are rare. Food sources with high levels of this vitamin are liver, organ meats, brown rice, fish, butter and wheat grain.

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