(AS P-5-P) 4MG
The B6 in the foods you eat and in most supplements, is one of 3 forms: pyridoxine hydrochloride, pyridoxal and pyridoxamine.
Problem is, these are inefficient sources, as the liver has to convert these forms of B6 into P5P, which is the active and most bioavailable form, meaning the body can easily use it.
Because of this, we’ve included Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate (P5P) rather than the inefficient forms, as it’s pointless taking a nutrient if your body can’t benefit from it quickly and easily.
Vitamin B6 is very important for fat loss as it can help the body to burn extra calories by turning the body’s stored glycogen into glucose, which is an efficient energy source for the body.
If you’re adding exercise to your regime, this is especially important, simply because without the energy from glycogen, your muscles can’t work as efficiently.
Just as importantly, the breakdown of glycogen, which B6 can help, is essential for healthy blood sugar levels, which are even more important when you’re trying to burn fat.
B6 is also important when it comes to burning carbohydrates. If your body can burn more carbs as energy, the less there is to end up as stored fat on your body.
B6 has also been linked to an increase in thyroid hormone function, which is important as it can speed up metabolism. This is because thyroid hormones are known to burn the glucose in the blood stream and encourage the burning of stored fat.
“A 2005 study published in the journal of alternative and complementary medicine showed that people who consistently took supplements of multivitamins, Vitamins B6 and B12 and chromium experienced less weight gain over 10 years compared to people who did not take the supplements.”
But that’s not all, as Vitamin B6 can also help women to maintain hormone balance and can help stop food cravings, which are obviously a serious threat to weight loss.
"The coenzyme form of B6 is associated with more than 100 enzymes, which are critical for amino acid breakdown from protein foods and conversion to other amino acids.”
Another interesting point to note, is that during stress (includes dieting and exercising) glucocorticoid hormones such as cortisol, encourage fat storing. B6 however, can reduce these fat storing effects.
B6 also helps protein metabolism. If you’re an athlete, exercise or consume extra protein you need more of it.