Those low in Vitamin B6 have higher levels of inflammation related to heart disease
Tufts researchers evaluated markers for inflammation and the level of active Vitamin B6 in 1,205 Puerto Rican residents of Massachusetts who ranged in age from 45 to 75. Those with higher levels of active Vitamin B6 in their blood had a 50% lower level of CRP; this is a proxy for inflammation in the heart and arteries. They also had a lower level of 8-OHdg showing their antioxidant activity was greater. Having lower levels of these two factors is an indication of greater cardiovascular health. The study is published in the February 2010 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.