Vitamin B6 as used in the Universty of Reading Trials

The Guide to Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) and How It Helps with Anxiety and Depression

Introduction: What is Vitamin B6?

Vitamin B6, one of the eight B vitamins, is a water-soluble vitamin that is involved in protein metabolism and red blood cell production. It is also important for the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats and it may be involved in the regulation of homocysteine levels. Vitamin B6 also helps to maintain healthy skin, bones, and nerves.

Vitamin B6 is an essential vitamin that is required for the synthesis of neurotransmitters and hormones. It has also been found to aid in the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that plays a major role in mood regulation. Vitamin B6 is also used for the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome and premenstrual syndrome or PMS. 


Sources Of Vitamin B6:

The recommended daily intake of Vitamin B6 can be achieved through diet or supplementation. Foods high in B6 include chickpeas, liver, tuna, salmon, chicken, bananas, sunflower seeds, fortified breakfast cereals, banana, turkey, and yeast-based spreads. It has been found that people with high levels of vitamin B6 are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease or dementia later in life.


Vitamin B6 Deficiency Symptoms: 

Vitamin B6 deficiency symptoms can be difficult to identify because they are so diverse. The most common symptom is neurological problems such as depression, anxiety, and nerve pain. Other symptoms include inflammation of the mouth and tongue, skin lesions on the legs or arms, anemia, and more. There are many signs of vitamin b6 deficiency including: 

- Neurological symptoms such as depression or nerve pain 

- Inflammation of the mouth or tongue 

- Skin lesions on the legs or arms 

- Anemia 

- Insomnia

- Infertility


How Vitamin B6 can help reduce Anxiety & Depression

Studies have shown that supplementing with 100mg of vitamin b6 tablets can reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, according to a study conducted by University of Reading.  

The study aimed to measure the impact of high-dose vitamin B6 on young adults. And results showed that they reported feeling less anxious and depressed after taking the supplement every day for a month.

Vitamin B6 can be found in certain foods, however the high dosage levels for the study suggest that the benefits for reducing anxiety and depression can only be reaped in supplement form.

Innopure Vitamin B6 was used in the Univeristy of Reading trial.