Vitamin B-6 and Your Health

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Sometimes we take for granted what all those basic nutrients in our multivitamins do for us.  Take the example of vitamin B-6.  There has been much research on its role in chronic diseases.

In a recent study, researchers recruited over 2,000 people and measured their B-6 status and multiple markers of inflammation.  They specifically measured pyridoxal-5-phosphate (PLP), which is the active form of vitamin B-6 in the body.  What they found was that those with the highest levels of B-6 had the lowest scores for inflammation and vice versa.

Foods high in B-6 include peppers, garlic, leeks, and onions.  Most multivitamins contain B-6 in the form of pyridoxine HCL, which our bodies convert to the active form pyridoxal-5-phosphate (PLP).  The good news is you can now get B-6 in the PLP form.

J. Nutr. July 1, 2012

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