Wikipedia says that a vitamin is an organic compound that any organism requires as a nutrient, in small amounts. Normally vitamins are not synthesized in the body, so in most cases they have to be obtained from outer sources. Our diet is the principal source of vitamins, but vitamin pills and supplements are also available. There are different types of vitamins, majorly categorized into water soluble and fat soluble vitamins. Vitamin B and C are water soluble vitamins, while vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat soluble. We will take a look at one of the water soluble vitamins, vitamin B6.
Vitamin B6, which is usually more useful in its coenzyme form, performs a ton of function for your body. The best quality of vitamin b6 is that it can vary its usefulness according to the varying needs of the body. Some of its most important functions are related to protein metabolism. You can also find it in many foods, in its natural presence, and even added to other foods or supplements in the form of pills. The richest sources of vitamin B6 include non-veg items. Types of fish, beef liver and beef too are good sources. In fruits, all except non-citrus fruits are good sources.
It is available in various forms. One can find it via multivitamin pills. Other ways are both, supplements containing B complex vitamins, and also as an independent supplement. The most common vitamin B6 is pyridoxine, which is in the form of pyridoxine hydrochloride. Vitamin B6 supplements are available in capsules which can be consumed orally, which include chewable tablets, and also in liquid form. The process of absorption of vitamin b6 via medicinal supplements is almost the same as it is from different types of foods. The only hindrance as far as absorption of it is concerned, is that it is easily disposed of via urine.
Lots of variety can be found in the foods which possess vitamin B6. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian foods are available. In non-vegetarian food items, ground beef, chicken breast and turkey are decent food sources. A couple of fish varieties like the yellow fin tuna, and salmon are also good sources. In dairy products, cottage cheese is considered to be the best source. Different types of nuts which are easily available in the market, are all good sources of B6 and can be consumed directly, or used as a topping in many dishes.
Green leafy vegetables are also good sources of vitamin b6. They are highly recommended because apart from the vitamin, other nutrients good for health are also obtained from them. Yams and asparagus are examples of high b6 availability. If one does not take extra care, even daily consumed items such as bread and cereals are a good source of vitamin b6. Wheat germ is one of the most valuable sources of the nutrient. So with such an abundant variety in all kinds of food, it shouldn’t be that hard to obtain.