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Vitamin B6 Guide Print E-mail
Written by Adrian Wozniak   
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Common names
    * Vitamin B6, pyridoxine, pyridoxal, pyridoxamine

Recommended Intake

    * Males 19-50 years: 1.3 mg/day
    * Males 51+ years: 1.7 mg/day
    * Females 19-50 years: 1.3 mg/day
    * Females 51+ years: 1.5 mg/day

What's Vitamin B6 for?

    * Part of carbohydrate and protein metabolism
    * Assists in the formation of the vitamin niacin from tryptophan
    * Involved in immune and nervous system function
    * Prevents anemia by playing a part in iron transport and metabolism
    * Maintains normal blood sugar levels
    * Maintains normal homocysteine levels, thereby reducing risk of heart disease

Best Food sources

    * Meats, fish, poultry, beans, eggs, potatoes, some fruits and vegetables like watermelon and bananas

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