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Vitamin B6: Fun Facts About Pyridoxine, Pyridoxamine and Pyridoxal


What is the recommended dosage of Vitamin B6 for an adult:
2 – 300 mg

What is the molecular formula:
C8H10NO6P

What does Vitamin B6 do in the body:
Essential for protein metabolism and nervous system function; participates in synthesis of hormones and red blood cells.

What foods contain and are a good source of Vitamin B6:
Whole grain breads and cereals
fish
chicken
bananas

What does a deficiency in Vitamin B6 cause:
Anemia peripheral neuropathy

What are the symptoms of Vitamin B6 deficiency:
microcytic anemia
depression
dermatitis
high blood pressure
water retention
elevated levels of homocysteine

What happens if you overdose on the vitamin:
Impairment of proprioception, nerve damage (doses > 100 mg/day)

Solubility: Water

What is the scientific name: Pyridoxine, pyridoxamine, pyridoxal

When was the vitamin discovered: 1934