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    Vitamin B6

    Vitamin B6

    Emma Davies

    Nutritional Consultant

    Tactical Support

    An essential, water-soluble vitamin that supports mood regulation and shows key benefits to the brain and nervous system


    We use Pyridoxal 5-Phosphate (P5P) which is the bioactive, more absorbable form of B6 and so doesn’t need to be converted within the body


    1.1mg per tablet

    Game-Changing Nutrient

    B6 helps the body make hormones that regulate mood, stress and sleep. It’s also an important precursor to neurotransmitters and is involved in the production of haemoglobin, the metabolism of fatty acids, as well as being key in converting foods into energy

    “The ultimate multi-tasking vitamin with a key role in nervous system support, B6 is critical in the synthesis of neurotransmitters, the sleep hormone melatonin and can help minimize stress and anxiety. It’s involved in damping down a revved-up nervous system, and is a real friend to calm, sleep and overall wellbeing.”

    Better Mood / Lower Stress

    Acts as a precursor in the production of some key neurotransmitters – the “happy hormones” dopamine and serotonin and the calming neurotransmitter GABA

    Sleep Promoting

    Aids in the production of melatonin, the precursor to sleep and has a key role in supporting sleep/wake cycles

    Dream Enhancing

    Found to aid dream vividness and recall when taken before sleep

    Improved Immune Function

    Vitamin B6 can support improved immune function

    Improved Cardiovascular and Brain Health

    Regulates appropriate levels of homocysteine in the blood. High homocysteine can lead to raised heart disease risk and decreased cognitive function

    Increased Energy

    Helps the body use and store energy from food

    Female Hormone Health

    Can stabilize mood swings linked to hormone imbalance

    Histamine Breakdown

    Can help lower high histamine by supporting the DAO enzyme that clears histamine from the blood.  High histamine is a key culprit in poor sleep onset and nighttime waking

    Facts & Figures

    We are keeping up to speed with the research on Vitamin B6. Here are some of the latest clinical studies, critically assessed by peers and published independently.
    Effects of Vitamin B6 on Dreaming and Sleep (2018)

    Design: Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled
    Participants: 100
    Dose: 240mg before bed
    Duration: 5 days
    Results: Vitamin B6 significantly increased the amount of dream content participants recalled

    Read study here.

    High-dose Vitamin B6 reduces anxiety (2022)

    Design: Double-blind, placebo-controlled study
    Participants: 478 young adults
    Dose: 100mg
    Duration: 30-35 days
    Results: Vitamin B6 influences the balance between excitation and inhibition. By increasing GABA levels there was a reduction in anxiety

    Read study here

    Dietary Modulation of Cortical Excitation and Inhibition (2017)

    Design: Electroencephalography (EEG) paradigm
    Participants: 14
    Dose: N/A
    Duration: N/A
    Results:  Neural response to visual patterns was reduced in individuals who consumed Marmite (rich in B vitamins), but not in control group

    Read study here.

    Higher Vitamin B6 Intake and Lower Depression/Anxiety in Women (2019)

    Design: Cross-sectional study
    Participants: 3362 adults
    Dose: N/A
    Duration: N/A
    Results: The association of lower vitamin B6 intake with increased risk of depression and anxiety was clearly supported by this study

    Read study here.

    Vitamin B6 increases immune responses in critically ill patients (2001)

    Design: Single-blind intervention study
    Participants: 51
    Dose: 50mg or 100mg daily
    Duration: 14 days
    Results: A large dose of vitamin B6  could compensate for the lack of responsiveness of plasma PLP to vitamin B6 intake, and further increase immune response of critically ill patients.

    Read study here.

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