Pyridoxine - Vitamin B6

Pyridoxine is also commonly known as Vitamin B6. Other forms of pyridoxine are pyridoxal and pyridoxamine. Pyridoxine can be found in vegetables, fruits, and grains. Pyridoxine is involved in biochemical reactions in the cell thus it is considered as an essential vitamin, just like the other B vitamins (pantothenic acid, niacin, etc.).

Health Functions
Pyridoxine has many health benefits. It can reduce and manage symptoms of depression, improve mood, prevent anemia, cancer, and arthritis, and reduce the risk for heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Pyridoxine is used as a treatment for morning sickness (nausea and vomiting during pregnancy), premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, and metabolic diseases (pyridoxine-dependent epilepsy and pyridoxamine 5'-phosphate oxidase deficiency).

Disease Risk Reduction
Pyridoxine enhances the function of the nervous and immune system.

Groups at Risk
People who are susceptible to pyridoxine deficiencies include those who have impaired kidney function, autoimmune diseases, and those with alcohol dependence.

Intake Recommendations
Fish, beef, nuts, potatoes, and other starchy vegetables have the highest amounts of pyridoxine. Seventy-five percent (75%) of pyridoxine is available for absorption in a varied, balanced diet. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for pyridoxine is 1.2-1.7 milligrams for adults. Pregnant and breastfeeding moms also need higher amounts of pyridoxine (1.9-2.0 milligrams). Pyridoxine can also be obtained from dietary supplements (pyridoxine hydrochloride).

7D VARIETY Recommendations
A cup of Energy Dates contains 19% of the required daily intake for pyridoxine which makes it an excellent source for this vitamin. 7D VARIETY recommends you to consume Energy dates so you can increase your Vitamin B6 intake. Consume enough pyridoxine so you can reduce your risk for cardiovascular diseases and decreased cognitive function. Also, research has shown that low pyridoxine intake can increase the risk for some cancers.