Benefits of Pyridoxine

How Does Pyridoxine Work?

The main role of pyridoxine in the body is to work as a coenzyme in numerous different chemical reactions. This means that pyridoxine helps enzymes to work properly. It is important for a wide variety of different chemical reactions, including the metabolism of amino acids, carbohydrates, and lipids.
 
Pyridoxine is important for the formation of hemoglobin, an important part of red blood cells. This is why low pyridoxine can lead to anemia.
 
Low pyridoxine can increase levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that can cause problems if it builds up to high levels. In particular, it is thought that high homocysteine may contribute to problems such as cardiovascular disease or blood clots. Pyridoxine decreases homocysteine levels after meals (but does not really affect fasting homocysteine levels). Low levels of pyridoxine may also increase levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), an inflammatory molecule that may be related to heart disease and several other medical conditions.
 
Pyridoxine may also have antioxidant properties. It may also decrease kidney stone formation by decreasing the amount of oxalate (a component of some types of kidney stones) excreted in the urine. It is also thought that pyridoxine may increase levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is why some people think it may be useful for treating depression or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
 

Pyridoxine Uses in Children

Pyridoxine is safe for children when taken in reasonable doses (see Pyridoxine Dosage). Since children can be more susceptible to the possible toxicities of drugs and supplements, do not give your child pyridoxine supplements in excess of the recommended dosage without the approval and supervision of your child's healthcare provider.
 
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