Vitamin B6 and its Benefits for Your Immune System

July 05, 2020


Vitamin B6 And Its Benefits For Your Immune System Min

Part of our daily routine is interacting with different people from different places. From the moment we start our daily commute going to work up until our ride home, we are exposed to individuals whom we have no knowledge of what they carry with them.


This kind of lifestyle not only exposes us to harmful elements brought by the pollution but it also exposes us to certain viruses.


At the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic the World Health Organization, along with medical experts across the globe, advise everyone to strengthen their immune system in order to have a fighting chance against the virus. [1]


The immune system is a complex network of cells, organs, and tissues that work in tandem to protect the body from infection. The germs we are exposed to, as well as lifestyle factors like stress, sleep, diet, and exercise, all play a role in the strength of our immune response. [2]


More than maintaining an overall healthy routine, one of the ways to help boost your immune system is feeding your body with the right vitamins, and one of those is vitamin B6 or pyridoxine.


What is Vitamin B6?

Vitamin B6 is a critically important nutrient that has life-essential functions in the body. This includes energy metabolism (the process of generating energy from food, nutrients or sunlight), normal nerve function, normal blood cell production, and immune system maintenance. [3]


It is part of a group of B-vitamins serving as "helper molecules" in effecting a number of additional key biochemical processes namely the transportation of oxygen in the blood, the production of antibodies that support the immune systems, and generation of neurotransmitters which deliver nerve signals. [4]


If the body does not have enough supply of B-vitamins, it will be less able to process the fats, carbohydrates, and proteins we eat, and key functions of the circulatory, immune, and nervous systems start to break down. [4]


What are sources of Vitamin B6?

Vitamin B6 is found naturally in the common table foods we eat but they can also be found in supplement form. The following are food sources that are rich in vitamin B6: [5]

  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Eggs
  • Chicken Liver
  • Beef
  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Potato


To supplement your dose of B-vitamins, it is highly recommended that you take Pharex B-Complex. Pharex B-Complex is made up of essential B-vitamins namely vitamins B1, B6, and B12 – with B6 that has essential benefits to your immune system.


Pharex B-Complex is available in leading drugstores nationwide for only PHP 4.25 per tablet. However, before taking any supplements, it is strongly advised that you consult with your doctor.


More than taking extra precautionary measures during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is equally important that we follow guidelines posted by notable agencies such as the Department of Health.


Always remember that prevention is always better than cure! Stay vigilant and keep yourself and your loved ones safe during these trying times.


Sources:

  1. https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses
  2. https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/ConditionsAndTreatments/immune-system
  3. https://rootinevitamins.com/blogs/ourscience/what-are-the-benefits-of-vitamin-b6
  4. https://www.verywellfit.com/vitamin-b6-what-you-need-to-know-89527
  5. https://www.healthline.com/health/vitamin-b6-foods