In order for your body to utilise the vitamins you take, these must be converted into an active form. Just like a new credit card needs to be activated before you can begin using it.
Let’s look at Vitamin B6, also called pyridoxine. For Vitamin B6 to be utilised by the body it must be converted into P5P in the liver. If your liver is struggling or if its function is compromised, it may not be able to efficiently make this conversion leaving you potentially at risk of a Vitamin B6 deficiency.
What does B6 do?
- B6 is involved in the metabolism of nearly all amino acids, building and breaking down essential substances as well as the production of non-essential amino acids
- B6 is an important coenzyme which helps make neurotransmitters
- B6 may assist in the maintenance of healthy nerve and brain function
- B6 may assist in the management of PMS or PMT
- B6 may reduce the severity of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy
- B6 is required for proper iron metabolism including red blood cell production
- B6 is required for the conversion of homocysteine to cysteine (important for the health of blood vessels so they don’t get clogged up)
- B6 is required for the conversion of folates
B-vitamins should always be taken as a complex – that is all of the Bs should be there for your body to use. Should your body require additional quantities of any individual B, then this can be added on the side.
Taking activated B-vitamins ensures proper support of your body’s various biochemical reactions, the most important may be methylation. This is especially important for anyone who has any of the MTHFR variants. These reactions can be likened to building blocks of health as well as detoxing pathways.
Activated vitamins are only available through qualified health professionals. True Medicine stocks various quality brands which can be prescribed in order to meet your body’s individual needs. There are also excellent activated vitamins available for pregnancy. Call 07 5530 1863 to arrange a consultation.