Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCI) – 36 mg
B6 (Pyridoxine HCI) is a water-soluble vitamin that acts as a cofactor to support enzymatic reactions. More than a hundred chemical reactions, most of them related to protein metabolism are dependent on the presence of Vitamin B6.
One of the many roles of Vitamin B6 is to assist in the production of neurotransmitters, more particularly those associated with sleep, concentration, and mood, namely, melatonin, serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine.
Additionally, Pyridoxine HCI or Vitamin B6 is also required for the normal functioning of the brain cells. It supports the development of the myelin sheath, which is a protective plasma membrane that drapes around the nerve fiber (axon).
Along with its fellow members (B9 and B12) of the B-Complex group, Vitamin B6 regulates homocysteine levels in the blood. Elevated levels of this nonprotein amino acid can affect the blood vessels, lead to depression and dementia, and increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases, stroke, and various other diseases. Low levels of Vitamin B6 and iron is also linked to a panic attack and a hyperventilation attack.
Vitamin B6 Benefits: The nootropic benefits of Pyridoxine HCI are primarily due to the vitamin’s ability to regulate homocysteine levels. Research shows that increased levels of B6 results in lowering of homocysteine, which is responsible for neuron damage and reduced cognitive function. Some studies show an inverse relationship between dopamine and Vitamin B6, leading to the theory that taking a B6 supplement can alleviate depression. Vitamin B6 also affects mood, sleep, dreams, REM cycle, alertness, memory, and cognition by aiding the synthesis of various neurotransmitters.