The B-vitamin family contains diverse members necessary for healthy functioning of almost all body processes, which is why they are essential nutrients. The actions of the B vitamins cover everything from energy production in the body, to maintaining blood vessels to hormone metabolism. Most B vitamins work together and, in many cases, provide the greatest benefit when supplemented together.
One of the most multifaceted nutrients may be vitamin B-6 (or pyridoxine). This vitamin is a component of a large number of enzymes; therefore almost every body system relies on it for optimal function. Some important enzymes that require vitamin B-6 are responsible for amino acid (protein) metabolism, formation of essential fatty acids, and formation of some neurotransmitters.
Significant research has shown that vitamin B-6 is beneficial for maintaining nerve health, hormonal balance in pre-menstrual women, and kidney activity. There is also evidence showing that vitamin B-6 supports healthy lung function. It is said to work together with magnesium, particularly by improving magnesium absorption into cells.
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