Vitamin B6 is actually a group of three substances pyridoxine, pyridoxal and pyridoxamine. All forms exist routinely in foods and have equal vitamin B6 activity.
Vitamin B6 is fairly stable to heat but may be lost in cooking water. Exposure to alkalis and U.V. light lead to a reduction of vitamin B6 content.
The Benefits of Vitamin B6:Several groups of people who may become deficient in Vitamin B6 and may therefore benefit from supplementation are:-
Women on the contraceptive pillâ€"may alleviate depression sometimes associated.
Bodybuilders consuming 200-300grams of protein a day.
As well as those listed above there are several other conditions which have been shown to benefit from vitamin B6 supplementation, these are:-
Premenstrual syndrome â€" many GPâ€TMs are beginning to prescribe Vitamin B6 for this condition up to 200mg daily.
Prevention and treatment of nausea and vomiting - due to irradiation, drug therapy, anaesthesia and travel sickness. Carpal tunnel syndrome.