15. Vitamin B – Pyridoxine
Vitamin B6 is the alternate name for pyridoxine. It is an important vitamin because without it the sugars, fats, and proteins in your body would not function properly. It is also critical for good brain, nerve, and body growth and development. Pyridoxine is an important player in the body’s immune system which fends off attacks from a variety of sources and keeps us healthy.
When the body’s immune system is compromised by an imbalance of certain vitamins and minerals, it cannot function correctly. This leaves the body vulnerable to the free radicals that are by-products of the energy manufacture undertaken by cells in the body. If the immune system is unable to deal with the free radicals emphatically, they can in time damage cells and their DNA resulting in illnesses such as cancer. That is why it is important to make sure you have achieved the requisite balance of all the elements needed for your immune system to function at optimal levels.
The link between pyridoxine and cancer prevention is still being explored. Studies on the matter have been ongoing for some time but are as yet incomplete. Researchers believe that low levels of pyridoxine could be linked to incidences of colorectal cancer. However, at this stage, there has been no definitive link between increasing Vitamin B6 intake and reduced risk of cancer. Hopefully, further research will be forthcoming so that the cancer-preventing properties of pyridoxine can be fully explored and understood.
Find pyridoxine in cereals, fruits and vegetables, meat, liver, and eggs. It is also included in multivitamins or B-complex supplements. The jackfruit contains a high % of pyridoxine. It is an excellent source of Vitamin B6.