The herbs of Smoothie Essentials: Pyridoxine HCL (Vitamin B6)

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Add a Boost with Pyridoxine HCL (Vitamin B6)

Pyridoxine assists in the balancing of sodium and potassium as well as promoting red blood cell production. It is linked to cardiovascular health by decreasing the formation of homocysteine. Pyridoxine may help balance hormonal changes in women and aid the immune system.[1][2] Lack of pyridoxine may cause anemia, nerve damage, seizures, skin problems, and sores in the mouth.[3]

It is required for the production of the monoamine neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine, as it is the precursor to pyridoxal phosphate: cofactor for the enzyme aromatic amino acid decarboxylase. This enzyme is responsible for converting the precursors 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) into serotonin and levodopa (L-DOPA) into dopamine, noradrenaline and adrenaline. As such it has been implicated in the treatment of depression and anxiety. [1]

Very good sources of pyridoxine are grains and nuts.

Pyridoxine is one of the compounds that can be called vitamin B6, along with pyridoxal and pyridoxamine. It differs from pyridoxamine by the substituent at the ‘4’ position. It is often used as ‘pyridoxine hydrochloride’. [2]

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyridoxine

[2] Kashanian, M.; Mazinani, R.; Jalalmanesh, S. (2007). “Pyridoxine (vitamin B6) therapy for premenstrual syndrome”. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics 96 (1): 43–4. DOI:10.1016/j.ijgo.2006.09.014. PMID 17187801.

[3] Vitamin B1, www.HowStuffWorks.com

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About Smoothie Essentials - ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the MatchaGT blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. The Smoothie Essentials product is a line of boosts that add functionality to one's daily foods without adding flavor or colors. (except for MatchaGT and green blend) making it easy to "hide" them from the finicky eaters we all know and love. From stirring them into yogurts, smoothies, frappes and even juice drinks it all come out with the original flavor being center star.. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at www.SmoothieEssentials.com or by emailing shelley@juicesolutions.com

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