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Vitamina B6 - Overview

Nombres alternativos

Piridoxina; Piridoxal; Piridoxamina

Definición:

Es una vitamina hidrosoluble. Las vitaminas hidrosolubles se disuelven en agua y el cuerpo no las puede almacenar. Las cantidades sobrantes de la vitamina salen del cuerpo a través de la orina; eso quiere decir que la persona necesita un suministro continuo de tales vitaminas en la dieta.

Funciones:

La vitamina B6 le ayuda al cuerpo a:

  • Producir anticuerpos, los cuales son necesarios para combatir muchas enfermedades.
  • Mantener la función neurológica normal.
  • Producir hemoglobina. La hemoglobina transporta el oxígeno en los glóbulos rojos hasta los tejidos. Una deficiencia de vitamina B6 puede causar una forma de anemia.
  • Descomponer proteínas. Cuanto mayor sea el consumo de proteínas, mayor será la cantidad de vitamina B6 que necesite.
  • Mantener el azúcar (glucosa) en la sangre en los rangos normales.
  • Reviewed last on: 2/15/2011
  • Alison Evert, MS, RD, CDE, Nutritionist, University of Washington Medical Center Diabetes Care Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

Referencias

Escott-Stump S, ed. Nutrition and Diagnosis-Related Care. 6th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2008.

Sarubin Fragaakis A, Thomson C. The Health Professionals' Guide to Popular Dietary Supplements. 3rd ed. Chicago, Il: American Dietetic Association; 2007.

Institute of Medicine. Food and Nutrition Board. Dietary Reference Intakes for Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, PantothenicAcid, Biotin, and Choline. National Academy Press, Washington, DC, 1998.

Hamrick I, Counts SH. Vitamin and mineral supplements. Wellness and Prevention. December 2008:35(4);729-747.

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