Vitamin B6: New Compound Delays Degradation

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The inhibitor 7,8-dihydroxyflavone (purple) bound to pyridoxal phosphatase (gree
The inhibitor 7,8-dihydroxyflavone (purple) bound to pyridoxal phosphatase (green (Image: Marian Brenner / JMU)
A low vitamin B6 level has negative effects on brain performance. A research team from Würzburg University Medicine has now found a way to delay the degradation of the vitamin.

Vitamin B6 is important for brain metabolism. Accordingly, in various mental illnesses, a low vitamin B6 level is associated with impaired memory and learning abilities, with a depressive mood, and even with genuine depression. In older people, too little vitamin B6 is linked to memory loss and dementia.

Although some of these observations were made decades ago, the exact role of vitamin B6 in mental illness is still largely unclear. ...
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