Why Pyridoxine May Be The Most Vital of All The B Complex Vitamins
More specifically, good intakes of pyridoxine have been strongly linked to a robust immune system, particularly in older adults; whereas deficiencies appear to be directly correlated with a reduction the number of the body's T cells, the most vital for immune system function.
There is also evidence to suggest that vitamin B6 may help stabilise blood sugar and reduce the tissue and particularly eye damage which commonly follows the blood sugar problems associated with diabetes.
Vitamin B6 is also particularly associated with women's health, and is important in maintaining the correct balance of oestrogen and other female hormones. This relationship with the sex hormones has led to pyridoxine being used by some therapists as treatment for the depression that often accompanies the contraceptive pill. And more general depression is just one of the neurological disorders, along with epilepsy and impaired cognitive function for which B6 is claimed to be beneficial.
Vitamin B6 has been used for the relief of morning sickness in pregnancy since the 1940s, and is also believed to help alleviate pregnancy related high blood pressure. Vitamin B6 has also been used with some success in the relief of pre-menstrual tension and with the yeast growth, candidiasis. On the face of it, given its wide availability in common foods, the Western world should never see deficiencies of vitamin B6. But like the other B complex vitamins, it is all too easily removed from the body by the normal process of excretion. Intensive exercise, sweating, and the taking in of excessive fluids may therefore increase the body's requirement. The body's need for B6 also appears to be greater in emoxypine as it is comprised of lean, particularly muscle, tissue and more is required the more protein foods are consumed. So even orthodox opnion therefore acknowledges the probable benefit of supplementing with B6 at a level sufficient to ensure an intake of at least 2 mg per day. Some practitioners, however, recommend a normal target of 50 mg a day because of the wide ranging benefits attributed to the action of pyridoxine. But even higher doses of 100 mg may be recommended when attempting to tackle specific conditions. This kind of intake is in fact the suggested safe maximum suggested by the US Food and Nutrition Board, limits which are always set at very conservative levels; and the only toxicities observed from vitamin B6 intake have been in consequence of amounts very far in excess of this dosage.