Vitamin B-6 is one of the more popular members of the B-vitamin family and is found in fresh vegetables. Clinical studies have shown that B-6 plays an important role in regulating homocysteine levels in the body. Homocysteine is produced as a by-product of the demethylation of methionine and can be toxic in elevated amounts.* Our Vitamin B-6 is screened for potency and purity. Look for this and other fine NOW products in health food stores nationwide.
From the FDA's website: "As part of a well-balanced diet that is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, Vitamin B6 may reduce the risk of vascular disease. FDA evaluated the above claim and found that, while it is known that diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol reduce the risk of heart disease and other vascular diseases, the evidence in support of the above claim is inconclusive."
What does it do?
Regulates stress and energy production, important for the reproduction of red blood cells and antibodies. Vitamin B6 is the master vitamin for processing amino acidsthe building blocks of all proteins and some hormones. Vitamin B6 helps to make and take apart many amino acids and is also needed to make the hormones, serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine.
Signs of Deficiency
Similar to Vitamin B2 and Vitamin B12 - muscular weakness, nervousness, irritability and depression. Also anemia, convulsions and hypertensive symptoms are characteristic of Vitamin B6 deficiency.
Characteristics: Mega Vitamin B6, like other B vitamins, is a water soluble vitamin. This fragile molecule is more easily destroyed by processing, storage and food preparation, than fat-soluble vitamins. In kitchen handling, 40% - 50% is typically lost.
Effectiveness is diminished when used with certain drugs including penicillamine, isoniazid, hydralazine,cortisone and oral contraceptives.
As a coenzyme, Mega B6 breaks down carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It facilitates the release of glycogen for energy from the liver and it aids in the conversion of tryptophan to niacin. Mega Vitamin B6 functions as a coenzyme in muscle, lymph, liver and nerve tissue.
Benefits and Uses
• helps brain function
• works with other vitamins in the B complex to metabolize carbohydrates, protein and fat
• essential for the activity of many enzymes in the body
• treats a host of conditions, diseases and illnesses
• useful in alleviating depression and other symptoms of PMS
• supports nerve function and energy metabolism