Vitamin Atlas

Vitamin B6: Pyridoxine

Vitamin B6: Pyridoxine

Vitamin B6 is a group of chemicals, the most common of which is called pyridoxine. It is involved in breaking carbohydrates down into energy, especially in muscle tissue, where most B6 is found. Vitamin B6 helps synthesize serotonin and dopamine, chemicals that carry signals between nerves. It also helps make hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in the blood.

What Types of Food Have Pyridoxine?

Pyridoxine in the World: Primeval Processes

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Click on the buttons to see how Vitamin B6 plays a role in your:

  • Nervous System
  • Hematological System
  • Musculoskeletal System

Nervous System

You have millions of nerve cells that are communicating all the time. One way they communicate is by using chemicals called neurotransmitters. Your nerve cells use Vitamin B6’s help to make many important neurotransmitters, like serotonin and dopamine.

Nervous System

Neurotransmitters can be sent from one nerve cell to another as a way of communicating. Everything you do—including eating, walking, and speaking—requires this type of communication between nerve cells.

Hematological System

Take a deep breath -- doesn’t that feel good? All of the oxygen that just entered your lungs needs to get to the rest of your body. How does that happen?

Hematological System

Your bloodstream is filled with red blood cells. With the help of Vitamin B6, your red blood cells make “heme,” the main component of hemoglobin. When the oxygen you just inhaled enters your blood, hemoglobin latches onto it and your red blood cells transport it to the rest of your body.

Musculoskeletal System

You know your body gets energy from food, but what about when you’re not eating? Luckily, your body has energy stored for exactly those times! Glucose, the building block of sugars and carbs, gets stored away in the form of glycogen.

Musculoskeletal System

A lot of the glycogen in your body is in your muscles. When you haven’t eaten in a few hours, your body gets its glucose by breaking down glycogen. Vitamin B6 is a crucial part of this process.

Musculoskeletal System

Once individual glucose molecules are released, they can be broken down into useful energy.