A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from October 12, 2012
Woman’s Vitamin or Women’s Vitamin (Pyridoxine or Vitamin B6 nickname)

Vitamin B6 (pyridozine) has been called the “woman’s vitamin” (or “women’s vitamin”) because of its benefits for pregnant women and also for women with premenstrual tension. The nickname “woman’s vitamin” has been cited in print since at least 1980.
Other vitamin nicknames include “Anti-Infective Vitamin” (Vitamin A), “Anti-Sterility Vitamin” (Vitamin E), “Anti-Stress Vitamin” (Vitamin B5), “Forgotten Vitamin” (Vitamin K), “Morale Vitamin” (Vitamin B1), “Sunshine Vitamin” (Vitamin D), “Memory Vitamin” (Choline) and “Vitamin of Memory” (Vitamin B1).
Wikipedia: Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin and is part of the vitamin B complex group. Several forms of the vitamin are known, but pyridoxal phosphate (PLP) is the active form and is a cofactor in many reactions of amino acid metabolism, including transamination, deamination, and decarboxylation. PLP also is necessary for the enzymatic reaction governing the release of glucose from glycogen.
Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble compound that was discovered in the 1930s during nutrition studies on rats. In 1934, a Hungarian physician, Paul György discovered a substance that was able to cure a skin disease in rats (dermititis acrodynia), this substance he named vitamin B6. In 1938, Samuel Lepkovsky isolated vitamin B6 from rice bran. Harris and Folkers in 1939 determined the structure of pyridoxine, and, in 1945, Snell was able to show the two forms of vitamin B6, pyridoxal and pyridoxamine. Vitamin B6 was named pyridoxine to indicate its structural homology to pyridine. All three forms of vitamin B6 are precursors of an activated compound known as pyridoxal 5’-phosphate (PLP), which plays a vital role as the cofactor of a large number of essential enzymes in the human body.
Food sources
Vitamin B6 is widely distributed in foods in both its free and bound forms. Good sources include meats, whole grain products, vegetables, nuts and bananas.
The Vitamin Update
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
As estrogen may suppress vitamin B6 metabolism, supplements may be beneficial for pregnant women, those on the contraceptive pill or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) who suffer from mood swings and depression. Vitamin B6 is sometimes known as the women’s vitamin.
Google Books
The People’s Guide to Vitamins and Minerals, from A to Zinc
By Dominick Bosco
Chicago, IL: Contemporary Books
Pg. 61:
Pyridoxine could very easily become known as the “woman’s vitamin,” because it can help alleviate so many of the health problems peculiar to women, such as menstrual irregularities, premenstrual tension and acne.
Google Books
Vitamin Power:
Ultimate Health Through Nutritional Self-Defense

By Rita Aero and Stephanie Rick
New York, NY: Harmony Books
Pg. 16:
Unfortunately, vitamin B6 has become an advertising sensation, touted as a “woman’s vitamin,” the solution to premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Google Books
Nutrition Almanac (Fourth Edition)
By Gayla J Kirschmann and John D. Kirschmann (Nutrition Search, Inc.)
New York, NY: McGraw-Hill
Pg. 56:
It (Vitamin B6—ed.) has also been turmed the “woman’s vitamin” because of the myriad of PMS symptoms that it may help.
Google Books
The New Encyclopedia of Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements & Herbs
By Nicola Reavley
New York, NY: M. Evans
Pg. 92:
Vitamin B6 is sometimes known as the women’s vitamin.
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When Your Body Gets the Blues:
The Clinically Proven Program for Women Who Feel Tired and Stressed and Eat Too Much

By Marie-Annette Brown and Jo Robinson
Emmaus, PA: Rodale; New York, NY: Distributed by St. Martin’s Press
Pg. 88:
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
This vitamin has been called the “women’s vitamin” because it helps treat a number of conditions unique to women, including PMS, nausea during pregnancy, and the side effects of taking oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy.
East Retailer
Last Updated: 29 Sep 2012 00:17:56 PDT
Vitamin B6 aids in the absorption of Vitamin B12.  Vitamin B6 is needed for production of insulin, adrenaline, anti-bodies, white blood cells and protein metabolism.  Vitamin B6 is called the “Women’s Vitamin” because it is thought to benefit the symptoms of PMS, menopause and cure some forms of infertility as well as being a great natural diuretic. Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, is the most important vitamin in the body’s processing of amino acids.  Vitamin B6 is an essential nutrient in the regulation of mental processes and possibly assists in mood and many other health concerns.
Vitamin B-6, The “Woman’s Vitamin”, 100 mg, 250 ct

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Friday, October 12, 2012 • Permalink

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