Vitamin B6 was discovered in the year 1932 and is also known as Pyridoxine. Deficiency of vitamin B6 is more common in people with kidney, liver, digestive or autoimmune diseases, obese people, smokers, pregnant and alcoholic women.
Symptoms of vitamin B6 deficiency – There are some of the symptoms of vitamin B6 deficiency are as given below –
- Rashes in the skin – An oily, flaky and itchy rash is a common symptom due to deficiency of vitamin B6. The deficiency of vitamin B6 also may cause skin rashes.
- Weak immune system – A deficiency of vitamin B6 may cause reduce the production of antibodies that need to fight infections. Lack of vitamin B6 may also decrease the production of white blood cells including T cells that regulate the immune system.
- Seizures – Deficiency of vitamin B6 may cause seizures with symptoms of rolling eyes, jerky arms or legs, and muscle spasms. The deficiency of vitamin B6 may cause seizures in newborns babies.
- High Homocysteine – The deficiency of vitamin B6 cause a high blood level of homocysteine that is linked with some health problems such as health disease and stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. If homocysteine is high then it may damage nerves and blood vessels and enhance the risk of disease.
- Anemia – The deficiency of vitamin B6 may cause anemia that can make feeling sluggish and tired due to vitamin B6 helps in making hemoglobin that helps to carry oxygen throughout the body. The cells do not get enough oxygen due to a lack of hemoglobin is called anemia.
- Depression – The deficiency of vitamin B6 may affect the mood that may cause anxiety, depression, increased feelings of pain, and irritability due to vitamin B6 help in making some neurotransmitters such as gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), and serotonin. GABA and serotonin are used in controlling depression, feelings of pain, and anxiety.
- Glossitis – Due to lack of vitamin B6, it may cause the tongue to become swollen, smooth, sore inflamed, or reddened is known as glossitis. Glossitis may cause difficulty in talking, chewing, and swallowing.
- Cheilosis – The lack of vitamin B6 can cause cheilosis and is characterized by swollen, and sore lips with cracked mouth corners. Cheilosis is very painful with sore and cracked lips that make it difficult in talking and eating due to the deficiency of vitamin B6.
- Pain in feet and hands – The deficiency of vitamin B6 may cause nerve damage known as peripheral neuropathy with symptoms of tingling, burning and pain in the legs, hands, feet, and arms. The nerve damage can cause a problem in walking, clumsiness, and balance problems.
Sources of vitamin B6 – There are various sources of vitamin B6 are soya beans, chicken, oats, peanuts, milk, bananas, eggs, spinach, avocado, salmon, green peas, and many more that helps in lowering several diseases that are caused by deficiency of vitamin B6