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Vitamin B6 Can Help You Concentrate

Learn how vitamin b6 helps with adhd and attention.
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Vitamin B6 is a water soluble B vitamin; it helps to convert carbohydrates into glucose which then is burned to produce energy. Vitamin B6 is also essential in:

  • the nervous system
  • skin
  • hair
  • eyes
  • mouth
  • liver
  • the metabolism of fats and protein
  • maintaining muscle tone in the gastrointestinal tract

Vitamins B12, B6 and B9 work together to control blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine; if levels are high it can be linked to heart disease. Vitamin B6 is also required for normal brain development and function; it helps in the process of making brain chemicals called neurotransmitters.

B6 is especially important for maintaining healthy nerve and muscle cells; it also helps in the production of DNA and RNA. It is also necessary for absorption of B12 and the production of red blood cells and the cells of the immune system.

Vitamin B6 and ADD/ADHD

Along with other B complex vitamins, B6 is known as an anti-stress vitamin because it is believed to enhance the activity of the immune system and improve the body's ability to get through stressful situations. If there is a B6 deficiency the symptoms could be:

  • muscle weakness
  • nervousness
  • irritability
  • depression
  • difficulty concentration
  • short term memory loss

Vitamin B6 is required for normal brain development and is essential in the synthesis of brain chemicals including serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. One study found that vitamin B6 was a little more effective than methylphenidate, which is a medication used to treat ADHD, in improving behavior in hyperactive children.

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