Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin. Water-soluble vitamins dissolve in water so the body cannot store them. Leftover amounts of the vitamin leave the body through the urine. That means you need a regular supply of these vitamins in your diet.
Pyridoxal; Pyridoxine; Pyridoxamine
Vitamin B6 helps the body to:
Make antibodies. Antibodies are needed to fight many diseases.
Maintain normal nerve function.
Make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin carries oxygen in the red blood cells to the tissues. A vitamin B6 deficiency can cause a form of anemia.
Break down proteins. The more protein you eat, the more vitamin B6 you need.
Keep blood sugar (glucose) in normal ranges.
Vitamin B6 is found in:
Legumes (dried beans)
Beef and pork
Whole grains and fortified cereals
Fortified breads and cereals may also contain vitamin B6. Fortified means that a vitamin or mineral has been added to the food.