Best Form of Vitamin B6
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.