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Vitamin B 6 and Exercise

Melinda M. Manore

This paper presents an overview of vitamin B 6 and exercise, including the role that vitamin B 6 plays in gluconeogenesis and glycogenolysis and changes in vitamin B 6 metabolism during exercise. The dietary vitamin B 6 intakes of athletes are also reviewed. Most studies report that male athletes have adequate dietary intakes of vitamin B 6 , whereas some females, especially those with low energy intakes, appear to have low vitamin B 6 intakes. Few studies have assessed the vitamin B 6 status of nonsupplementing athletes using the recommended status criteria. The role that vitamin B 6 may play in attenuating the rise in plasma growth hormone observed during exercise is also reviewed. Finally, recomrnendations are given for further research in the area of vitamin B 6 and exercise.