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Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

A water-soluble antioxidant vitamin, involved with more than sixty enzymes and taking part in many metabolic functions. Its main functions are promoting muscle energy by releasing stored sugar from the liver and helping to metabolise fats and control obesity. But it also lowers high cholesterol and helps prevent atherosclerosis.

The vitamin isn't stored in the body, so a regular intact is essential - some of the best natural sources being brewer's yeast, cabbage, eggs, milk (particularly unpasteurised), offal, molasses, sunflower seeds, walnuts and wheat germ.

The official Recommended Daily Allowance is 2.2mg for adults, a little less for children, but modern nutritionists believe that this is unrealistically low and supplements generally range from 50 to 100mg daily - again, because of its water solubility, these are best divided throughout the day. See 'Antioxidant', 'Brewer's yeast', 'Enzyme', 'Royal Jelly', 'Vitamin', 'Vitamin B Complex', 'Vitamin B2', 'VitaminB5', 'Vitamin B6', 'VitaminB12', 'VitaminB15', 'Vitamin C', 'Vitamin D', 'Vitamin E', 'Vitamin K', 'Vitamin P'

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