The Vitamin For a Healthy Mood November 27, 2019

mother giving her daughter vitamins

Poor diet is the leading cause of disease worldwide.  Malnutrition can result from not eating the necessary body nutrients, or overeating processed foods that create toxicity, inflammation, and oxidation in the body.  The human body needs 13 vitamins to stay healthy and reduce the risk of disease.  Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) is an essential water-soluble vitamin involved in more than 100 enzymatic functions in the body.  Eating processed foods, alcohol, overcooking food, and psychological stress can all lower your body’s stores of vitamin B6, putting you at risk of Vitamin B6 deficiency.

How do You Know if You Are Vitamin B6 Deficient?

Vitamin B6 is known as the antidermatitic and antianemia vitamin.  Vitamin B6 is involved in important brain functions, such as making mood-stabilizing serotonin, pleasure-producing dopamine, and brain-activating norepinephrine.  So, lack of Vitamin B6 can result in mood swings, depressing, risk of seizures, and neuropathy (abnormal tingling sensations in your arms and legs). 1 Vitamin B6 is also involved in making hemoglobin—the protein that transports oxygen in your red blood cells—so lack of Vitamin B6 can result in fatigue, weakness, and skin pallor, all which signal that you have nutritional anemia. 

Health conditions associated with low vitamin B6:

  • Anemia
  • Neuropathy
  • Heart disease and high cholesterol
  • Seizures
  • Dermatitis
  • Low mood and depression
  • Poor memory

But Don’t They Fortify Food With Vitamin B6?

While industrialized nations fortify food with vitamin B6 in meats, poultry, fish, and some cereals, Vitamin B6 is easily destroyed by heat and light, making this vitamin easily lost the Standard American Diet (SAD).  Also, certain medication can decrease the body’s stores of vitamin B6.

Holiday Tip For a Healthy Mood

With the Holiday season approaching, making wise dietary choices will ensure that you maintain a healthy immune system, enjoy family moments, and reduce your risk of disease.  Making wise family choices involves incorporating Mediterranean diet recipes, which decrease inflammation, and reducing your amount of alcohol, which can eliminate your vitamin B6 content, putting you at risk of poor nerve function and altered mood.  Doctor’s Favorite Vitamin B-100 Complex is an effective formula with rich content in all B vitamins to support brain function, promote healthy heart activity, and skin function.  Doctor’s Favorite formulas are free of harmful additives, such as aluminum, titanium dioxide, pork, and sugar alcohols.  To learn more about how to common health conditions and how to reduce your risk of disease with nutrition, visit Doctor’s Favorite Common Health Problems and stay well-informed. 

Wishing you abundant health and blessings,

Doctor’s Favorite

Where to Get More Help?

To get more personalized information to improve your health, please, visit Doctor’s Favorite Consult an Expert page to make an appointment. 



  1. Nancy Hammond, MD, Yunxia Wang, MD, Mazen Dimachkie, MD, and Richard Barohn, MD. Nutritional neuropathies. Neurol Clin. 2013 May; 31(2): 477–489. doi: 10.1016/j.ncl.2013.02.002

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