Best Form of Vi­ta­min B6

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Vi­ta­min B is es­sen­tial for more than 100 dif­fer­ent en­zyme func­tions in the hu­man body, but not all types of B in sup­ple­ments work in the same way. Pyri­dox­ine, a com­mon form added to foods and sup­ple­ments, is an in­ac­tive form that must be con­verted in our bod­ies to an ac­tive form, pyri­doxal-5- phos­phate ( P5P), but that process can back­fire. Sci­en­tists in the Nether­lands have dis­cov­ered that tak­ing in­ac­tive pyri­dox­ine can in­hibit the ac­tive form and in­duce de­fi­ciency symp­toms, which can in­clude nerve and skin prob­lems, cracks around the mouth, confusion, de­pres­sion, and a weak­ened im­mune sys­tem. The P5P form is avail­able in many sup­ple­ments, in­clud­ing some mul­ti­vi­ta­mins.

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