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Vitamin B6 Deficiency Main Topic Vitamins and Minerals A vitamin is any of various fat-soluble or water-soluble organic substances essential in minute amounts for normal growth and activity of the body and obtained naturally from plant and animal foods A mineral is A naturally occurring homogeneous inorganic solid substance having a definite chemical composition and characteristic crystalline structure color and hardness Sub-topic Vitamin B6 Deficiency Vitamin B6 is used by the body as a catalyst in reactions that involve amino acids Vitamin B6 deficiency is rare since most foods eaten contain the vitamin Vitamin B6 is also called pyridoxine The definition of pyridoxine is A pyridine derivative C18H11NO3 occurring especially in cereals yeast liver and fish and serving as a coenzyme in amino acid synthesis Also called pyridoxine a cofactor for enzymes Deficiency leads to inflammation of the skin and mouth nausea vomiting dizziness weakness and anemia Vitamin B6 can be helpful in certain patients with nerve conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome Method of Action Vitamin B6 is required for normal synthesis of DNA RNA and amino acids and is essential for the proper functioning of more than 60 enzymes Vitamin B6 activates the release of glycogen from the muscles and liver and is thus essential for the production of biological energy Pyridoxine is an important coenzyme in the metabolization of carbohydrates proteins and fats Vitamin B6 is required for the production of hydrochloric acid and magnesium and is essential for absorption of vitamin B12 It also assists in optimizing linoleic acids functions in the body Vitamin B6 is essential in cell replication and for the production of red blood cells and the cells of the immune system It is crucial for healthy pregnancy and proper functioning of the immune system red blood cells mucous membranes and skin Because these tissues are composed of rapidly replicating cells they require larger amounts of vitamin B6 It also aids in the utilization
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