Pyridoxine or vitamin B6 is one of eight B-vitamins. It is necessary for metabolism, proper functioning of the brain and liver, physical growth, red blood cell production, skin integrity, and eye health. Pyridoxine and all other B-vitamins are water-soluble. This means unused nutrients will be lost daily because the body can not store them. The body also cannot produce B-vitamins, so they must be continuously replaced through foods or supplements. The versatility of vitamin B6 allows it to function as a co-enzyme in over 100 chemical reactions.
The recommended daily intake of pyroxidine depends on age, gender, and circumstances such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, or illness. A healthy, well-balanced diet containing a wide assortment of foods usually provides plenty of pyroxidine for a healthy person. The recommended intake increases with age because the body becomes less efficient and needs higher amounts of required nutrients. Daily multivitamins can remedy a lack of sufficient vitamins in food, but should always be taken according to the instructions or doctor's recommendations.
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