Nootropic Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6

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Vitamin B6 helps the body in various ways. Its primary function is to metabolize food into fuel and then energy. For nootropic benefits, Vitamin B6 is the most used vitamin. It’s involved in the production of melatonin, norepinephrine, serotonin, dopamine, and acetylcholine. These neurotransmitters encourage neurons to transmit messages, feeling, thoughts, and memories.

Deficiency of this vitamin in the brain can cause insomnia, fatigue, attention deficit, faster brain degeneration, memory loss, depression, and confusion. The signs of change we’ll notice after supplementing Vitamin B6 include increased energy, quality sleep, healthy neuron, enhanced concentration, better memory formation and recall, clarity, and motivation.

Similar to Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6 also reduces the production of homocysteine. By acting on this substance, B6 reduces the risk of heart diseases, brain shrinkage, and certain cognitive disorders. The vitamin can also help pregnant women deal with morning sickness. Pregnant women should consult a doctor before taking B6 for morning sickness.

Vitamin B6 plays a crucial role in several chemical reactions in our body; some of them are closely related to the cardiovascular health. More importantly, this vitamin has even a bigger role in the way our brain functions.

Vitamin B6 and Neurotransmitters: Earlier we discussed how Vitamin B6 helps in the production of the five key neurotransmitters. In addition, the vitamin induces our brain and body to efficiently and effectively use these neurotransmitters. Furthermore, B6 acts as a cofactor in the conversion of L-DOPA to Dopamine, 5-HTP Serotonin, and Tryptophan to Serotonin.

Vitamin B6 and Homocysteine: Homocysteine is an amino acid that’s present in the blood. The chief source of this amino acid is meat. This substance is closely associated with cardiovascular disease. An elevated Homocysteine level is bad for the heart because it thickens the blood and damages the walls of our blood vessels.

Homocysteine is equally bad for the brain. It’s believed that the damage to blood vessels reduces cerebral circulation and that can lead to several cognitive problems. According to a study that involved more than a 1000 participants, it was found, those with the high homocysteine levels performed poorly in memory and learning tests.

Vitamin B6 metabolizes homocysteine, and doing so it maintains healthy blood vessels and improves circulation in the brain. Higher the brain circulation sharper will be the focus, learning, thinking, and memory. There is plenty of research to support the idea that higher Vitamin B6 levels reduce brain atrophy and improve cognitive functions.

What Vitamin B6 Does
Helps efficient conversion of food to fuel and then energy
Promotes production of various neurotransmitters
Reduces production of homocysteine
Vitamin B6 Benefits
Increases energy, concentration, motivation, memory formation and recall
Prevents brain shrinkage, cognitive decline, diabetes, and heart diseases
Fights depression and anxiety
Stimulates immune system
Fights age-related memory problems
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