Nootropic Review: Vitamin B6

Vitamin-B6Vitamin B6, in a number of forms, is a water-soluble vitamin and a natural nootropic found in a wide range of foods [1]. It plays a significant role in more than one hundred enzyme mechanisms associated with lipids, amino acids, neurotransmitters, and carbohydrate metabolism. Its properties are linked to many health benefits [2]. Furthermore, it is constant found in meats, non-citrus fruits, and vegetables. The nootropic is also found in a number of multivitamins, but it can also be utilized as a separate dietary supplement [3].

Mechanisms

The tone of  action of  Vitamin B6, in terms of nootropic qualities, entails some discussion. The nootropics so widely availability in the body’s functions that extract a correlation between Vitamin B6 intake and specific treatment of a particular condition has been nothing but a challenge [4].

A general scientific theory is that, Vitamin B6, often working hand in hand with other B Vitamins can minimize brain atrophy and cognition impairment by reducing homocysteine levels within the blood. Demonstration of studies indicates that while ingesting Vitamin B6 and other vitamins can lessen homocysteine levels and reduce the chances of brain atrophy, it’s not effective in curbing or curing impaired cognition [5] [6].

Benefits

With Vitamin B6 being involved in a number of enzyme reaction, advantages of ingesting the nootropic frequently visible in a wide range of health concerns. Furthermore, it is safe in normalization of  homocysteine level and slowing the process of cognitive degeneration to curb cardiovascular problems. It has been indicated to lessen colorectal cancer risks in a study involving postmenopausal women while normalizing blood sugar levels, and treating nausea. There are plenty of other advantages and application with the nootropic, both for health and in treating particular developed conditions [7].

Dosages

Vitamin-B6-DosageFor the majority of adults, the recommended daily intake of Vitamin B6 is at 1.3 mg [1]. Such amount can easily be taken from a healthy and balanced diet which include legumes, meat, whole grain, and poultry [7].Taking a 100 mg of the nootropic daily is considered to be safe. No adverse effects have been observed when taking 200 mg of Vitamin B6 daily [8].

Toxicity Reports

Since Vitamin B6 is a passively delivered, potential toxic dosages can be absorbed. Repetitive high dosages can lead to nerve damage, skin lesions, ataxia, and sensitivity to light. At the same time, deficiency of Vitamin B6 can also possess a number of adverse effects which include confusion, mouth sores, depression, and less immune system efficiency to fighting off infections [9].

References:

  1. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002402.htm
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_B6
  3. http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/vitamin-b6/background/hrb-20058788
  4. http://www.nutritionj.com/content/5/1/6
  5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17848650
  6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20838622
  7. http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02763/vitamin-b6.html
  8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16320662
  9. http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminB6-HealthProfessional
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