Pyridoxiz Acid Excretion During Low Vitamin BH-6 Intake, Total Fasting, and Bed Rest
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Vitamin B-6 metabolism in 10 volunteers during 21 d of total fasting was compared with results from 10 men consuming a diet low only in vitamin B-6 (1.76 mumol/d) and with men consuming a normal diet during bed rest. At the end of the fast mean plasma concentrations of vitamin B-6 metabolites and urinary excretion of 4-pyridoxic acid tended to be higher in the fasting subjects than in the low-vitamin B-6 group. The fasting subjects lost approximately 10% of their total vitamin B-6 pool and approximately 13% of their body weight. The low-vitamin B-6 group lost only approximately 4% of their vitamin B-6 pool. Compared with baseline, urinary excretion of pyridoxic acid was significantly increased during 17 wk of bed rest. There was no increase in pyridoxic acid excretion during a second 15-d bed rest study. These data suggest the possibility of complex interactions between diet and muscle metabolism that may influence indexes that are frequently used to assess vitamin B-6 status.
Stephen P. Coburn and Douglas W. Townsend (1995).
Pyridoxiz Acid Excretion During Low Vitamin BH-6 Intake, Total Fasting, and Bed Rest. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.62 (5), 979-83.