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Vitamin B6 Pyridoxine


Vitamin B6 Pyridoxine

  • Necessary for protein and fat metabolism, hormone function (estrogen and testosterone), and the production of red blood cells, niacin, and neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine).
  • Used therapeutically for PMS, depression, morning sickness, carpal tunnel syndrome, and heart health (lowers homocysteine, an amino acid that, at high levels, can cause arteriosclerosis and build up arterial plaque).
  • Deficiency is uncommon, except in alcoholics and the elderly, and causes seizures, irritability, depression, confusion, mouth sores, and impaired immune function.
  • Drugs that deplete vitamin B6: antibiotics, oral contraceptives, isoniazid, penicillamine, and Parkinson's drugs.
  • Supplements are recommended for the elderly, alcoholics, and those with poor diets.

  • Food Sources : Fortifi ed cereals, bananas, spinach, chicken, salmon, organ meat
  • Adequate Intake : (mg/day)
    Men and
    Women 1950 years = 1.3
    Men 51+ = 1.7
    Women 51+ = 1.5
    Pregnancy = 1.9
    Lactation = 2.0
  • Upper Limit : (mg/day)
    Men = 100
    Women = 100
    Pregnancy = 100
    Lactation = 100
  • Side Effects : No adverse effects from food; highdose supplements may cause neuropathy (pain and numbness in extremities)

  • Vitamin C Ascorbic Acid
    Folate Folic Acid
    Vitamin B1 Thiamine
    Vitamin B5 Pantothenic Acid
    Vitamin B6 Pyridoxine
    Vitamin D
    Vitamin B3 Niacin
    Vitamin B2 Ribofl avin
    Vitamin A
    Vitamin K
    Vitamin E
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