Vitamin B6 Lowers Heart Attack Risk in Women
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist Byron J. Richards,
Levels of the active coenzyme Enzyme in its most active form that assists with biochemical transport and is considered an active constituent. form of vitamin B6 (pyridoxal 5’ phosphate) were found to be inversely associated with the risk for a heart attack in women.
The study involved 32,826 women who provided blood samples, and were then tracked for a number of years. The women with the highest level of vitamin B6 in their blood were 22 percent less likely to have a heart attack and a 36 percent reduced risk if over the age of 60.
Vitamin B6 is important for nerve function, stress tolerance, and clearing homocysteine It is a homologue of the amino acid cysteine that is synthesized from methionine An essential amino acid which serves as a methyl donor and is involved with the biosynthesis of other nutrients. Improper conversion is associated with production of homocysteine and atherosclerosis. which requires adequate Folic Acid, B12, and B6 to function properly. Elevated levels have been associated with heart disease, thrombosis, strokes, Alzheimer's disease, and other disorders. (a known cardiovascular risk factor). All B vitamins are required for optimal health. This data shows they can also reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease in women.
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