A large number of people don’t obtain sufficient amounts of essential nutrients from the food they eat.

One reason is most people don’t select very nutritious foods. For example, do you eat the five officially recommended daily servings of fruit and vegetables? According to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, only an estimated nine percent of people do.

This is why vitamin supplements are important to all of us.

Most vitamins and minerals should be taken with food to enhance their absorption. This is particularly true of oil-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A and E, coenzyme Q10, and the carotenes. In addition, protein in the diet helps mineral absorption. This doesn’t mean you need a full meal with your vitamins. A few bites or a piece of fruit are just as good.

The water-soluble vitamins, such as the B vitamins, are generally well-absorbed without food but it is still recommend taking them with food. Vitamin C, which is water-soluble, can be taken with or without food.

If you take large amounts of any particular vitamin, such as vitamin C, divide up the dose so you take it two to four times a day. This improves absorption and minimizes the amount excreted.

How Does Vitamin B6 Work?

Vitamin B6 is an essential nutrient required for life. It functions primarily as a coenzyme, which is to act as a catalyst for other enzymes that need proper assistance to complete their job. Neurotransmitters, proteins, and red blood cells all require Vitamin B6 in order to be formed; and it is also required for the metabolism of foods into energy. Research is showing the Vitamin B6 may play a crucial role in disease prevention and treatment.

Along with Folic Acid and Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6 has been shown to help the body reduce homocysteine, an amino acid-like compound that is being studied for its relationship to an increase in heart disease.

Vitamin B6 also plays many other important roles in the body . . .