Vitamin B6

Definition of Vitamin B6:

Influences many body functions including regulating blood glucose levels, manufacturing hemoglobin and aiding the utilization of protein, carbohydrates and fats.  It also aids in the function of the nervous system.

Also: B6, B-6

Topics Related to Vitamin B6

Adult Acne

...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
“Women with premenstrual aggravation of acne are often responsive to vitamin B6 supplementation, reflecting its role in the normal metabolism of steroid hormones...”

Alcohol-related Problems

...relationship to Multiple Vitamin Need
“...Over a 21-day period, the group took approximately 3gm of vitamin C, 3gm of niacin, 600mg of B6, and 600 IU of vitamin E per day...”
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Alfalfa

...as a treatment
“...Powdered Alfalfa contains vitamins A, B-1, B-6, B-12, C, E, & K-1, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, folic acid and many essential and nonessential amino acids...”

Allergic Rhinitis / Hay Fever

...recommendation Vitamin A
“The following vitamins can help your symptoms: vitamin A (10,000 to 15,000 IU per day); vitamin B6 (50 to 100mg per day); vitamin B5 (50 to 75mg per day); vitamin C (1,000mg three to four times per day); vitamin E (400 IU per day)...”
...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
“One older study reported that L-tyrosine (200mg), vitamin B6 (2...”

Angina

...recommendation against Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
“High doses of B6 are not recommended for patients with angina...”

Anxiety

...relationship to Pyroluria
“...High levels of pyrroles systematically bind to B6 and zinc, preventing the use of these nutrients in the body and brain...”
...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
“A deficiency of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) causes extreme anxiety, nervousness, confusion, and melancholy...”

Asthma

...relationship to Vitamin B6 Requirement
“...Studies have shown that patients benefit from either a tryptophan-restricted diet or B6 supplementation to correct the blocked tryptophan metabolism...”
...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
Vitamin B6 deficiency is common in asthmatics...”

Atherosclerosis

...recommendation Magnesium
“...A daily dose of 50mg of vitamin B6 and 200-300mg of magnesium is often given...”
...recommendation Folic Acid
“For improved homocysteine metabolism, folic acid (800mcg per day), B6 (50mg per day), B12 (400mg per day), betaine (200 to 1,000mg per day are recommended...”

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

...recommendation Test Zinc Levels
“Hyperactive children may be deficient in zinc, manganese and vitamin B6 and have an excess of lead and copper...”
...recommendation Magnesium
“Magnesium is often given as part of a treatment for hyperactivity in kids, usually along with vitamin B6...”

Banana

...as a treatment
“...88mg vitamin B6, and 29mcg of Folic Acid...”

Beetroot

...as a treatment
“...It is very useful in fighting anemia as it contains potassium, phosphorus, calcium, sulfur, iodine, copper, carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamin B1, B2, B6, niacin and vitamin P...”

Biotin

...as a treatment
“...Biotin works more synergistically with Vitamins B-2, B-3, B-6, and Vitamin A...”

Birth Control Pill Issues

...the condition
“...As several B-vitamins are affected negatively by birth control pill use, a B-complex supplement is suggested, especially vitamin B6 if depression is present...”

Bleeding Tendency

...the condition
“...Examples of these include: tocotrienols, fish oils, curcumin, gingko biloba, grapes and grape juice, testosterone, Coumadin, vitamin E over 300IU/day, vitamin B6 over 150-200mg per day, too many essential fatty acids, garlic, taurine and gugulipids...”

Body Odor

...recommendation Vitamin B-Complex
“...Make sure you are getting 100mg of PABA and 100mg of B6...”

Bulimic Tendency

...the condition
“...Tryptophan given at a dose of 3gm per day with 50mg of B6 has been reported to improve mood and to reduce bingeing in bulimic women...”

Congestive Heart Failure

...recommendation against Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
“High doses of B6 are not recommended for patients with coronary insufficiency...”

Copper Toxicity

...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
“...also suggests using vitamin B6 at 50mg daily without supplemental copper to increase copper excretion...”

Coronary Disease / Heart Attack

...recommendation Vitamin B-Complex
“105 male and female subjects with coronary artery disease who received folic acid (1mg/day), vitamin B12 (400mcg/day) and vitamin B6 (10mg/day) experienced a significant reduction in reblockage after angioplasty over those who did not take the vitamins...”
...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
“It is estimated that individuals with low vitamin B6 levels have a five times greater risk of suffering a heart attack than individuals with higher B6 levels...”

Cysteine / N-Acetylcysteine (NAC)

...as a treatment
“...has the ability to bind metals such as cadmium and mercury, able to prevent acetaldehyde poisoning (from chronic alcohol or cigarette smoking), and has the ability to increase the activities of both Vitamin B6 and glutathione...”

Dandruff

...relationship to Vitamin B6 Requirement
“A vitamin B6 deficiency can cause dandruff...”

Depression

...relationship to Vitamin B6 Requirement
B6 is a cofactor for the conversion of tryptophan to serotonin and for the synthesis of dopamine and norepinephrine...”
...relationship to Vitamin B-Complex Requirement
“...66-71], riboflavin (B2) and pyridoxine (B6) are often found in clinically depressed individuals...”
...recommendation Tryptophan / 5HTP
“...Women on birth control pills, when given vitamin B6 and tryptophan, generally tend to metabolize tryptophan more normally...”
...recommendation Vitamin B-Complex
“A combination of vitamins B6, B9 (folic acid) and B12 improves mood...”

Elevated Homocysteine Levels

...relationship to Vitamin B-Complex Requirement
“..."Homocysteine may, in fact, be a more sensitive marker of vitamin B12, B6 or folate deficiency and...”
...recommendation Vitamin B12 (Cobalamine)
“Since most people with a high homocysteine level don't get enough folic acid, vitamin B6 or B12 in their diet, supplementing with these vitamins helps return homocysteine to normal levels...”

Essential Fatty Acids

...as a treatment
“...conversion can be inhibited by bad fats (margarines, shortenings, trans-fatty acids, hard fats, sugar and cholesterol), lack of minerals (magnesium, selenium, zinc), vitamin deficiencies (B3, B6, C, E), viruses, obesity, diabetes, aging, and rare genetic mutations...”

Fibrocystic Breast Disease

...the condition
“...As with vitamin E, the effectiveness of vitamin B6 remains unclear...”
...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
“Some, but not all, studies find that B6 reduces symptoms...”

Folic Acid

...as a treatment
“...Folic acid supplementation, with B6 and B12, has been shown to reduce homocysteine levels in a number of clinical studies...”

Folic Acid Deficiency

...relationship to Osteoporosis - Osteopenia
“Folate (folic acid) and the B-vitamins involved in homocysteine conversion (such as B12 and B6) may be beneficial in reducing the risk of osteoporosis because high levels of homocysteine are implicated in chronic diseases such as osteoporosis...”

Gestational Diabetes Tendency

...relationship to Vitamin B6 Requirement
“By impairing pancreatic insulin production, vitamin B6 deficiency may increase the tendency towards hyperglycemia in cases of gestational diabetes...”

Heberden's Nodes

...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
“Where Heberden's nodes is affecting the index finger, doses of B6 at 100-150mg per day may not work unless you eat one handful of raw pecans a day (i...”

Hives (Urticaria)

...recommendation L-Tyrosine
“One older study reported that L-tyrosine (200mg), vitamin B6 (2...”

Honey

...as a treatment
“...It contains vitamins B1, B2, C, B6, B5 and B3 according to the specific qualities of the source nectar and pollen...”

Hot Drinks

...as a treatment
“...Vegetable Broth Antioxidant-rich vegetables deposit their nutrients in the broth, leaving health-builders such as potassium, magnesium, calcium and vitamins A, B-6 and C...”

Hydrazine Sulfate

...as a treatment
“...Nerve inflammation can be cause by long-term use, but this can be diminished or eliminated by taking vitamin B6 or reducing the dose of hydrazine sulfate...”

Hydrochloric Acid Deficiency

...relationship to Vitamin B6 Requirement
Vitamin B6 is necessary for the production of hydrochloric acid...”

Kidney Stones (Urolithiasis)

...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
Vitamin B6 deficiency leads to an increase in kidney stones as a result of elevated urinary oxalate levels...”

Liver Detoxification / Support Requirement

...recommendation Alcohol Avoidance
“Acetaldehyde, a metabolic breakdown product of alcohol, is said to destroy vitamins B1, B6 and C...”

Liver Detoxification Phase II Support

...as a treatment
“...The lipotropic agents, choline, betaine, methionine, vitamin B6, folic acid, and vitamin B12, are useful as they promote the flow of fat and bile to and from the liver...”

Liver Function Test Requirement

...the condition
“...It can confirm or rule out conditions such as suspected liver disease, terminal liver failure, kidney disease, pancreatitis, damage due to alcohol (ab)use, glandular fever, vitamin B6 deficiency, heart disease, heart failure, myocardial infarction, liver trauma, muscle damage, metastases (certain cancers), healing fractures, Paget's liver disease, hyperparathyroidism,...”

Low Adrenal Function / Adrenal Insufficiency

...recommendation TMG (Trimethylglycine)
“The adrenal gland uses nutrients such as TMG (betaine), tyrosine, vitamins B5, B6 and C to maintain function and produce its hormones...”
...recommendation Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
“Key nutrients to aid adrenal function include vitamin C, B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6, zinc, and magnesium...”

Low Melatonin Level

...recommendation Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
“Vitamins B3 and B6, as well as calcium and magnesium support the production of melatonin...”
...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
“Vitamins B3 and B6, as well as calcium and magnesium support the production of melatonin...”
...recommendation Magnesium
“Vitamins B3 and B6, as well as calcium and magnesium support the production of melatonin...”
...recommendation Calcium
“Vitamins B3 and B6, as well as calcium and magnesium support the production of melatonin...”

Lupus, SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)

...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
Vitamin B6 at a dosage of 500mg tid causes some patients to feel better...”

Macular Degeneration

...our question about B-complex supplementation
“...Those taking daily B6, B9 (folic acid) and B12 supplements had a significantly reduced risk of developing age-related macular degeneration...”

Magnesium

...as a treatment
“...Interactions with other nutrients ... Vitamin B-6 works together with magnesium...”

Manganese Requirement

...our question about Perthes disease
“Zinc, Manganese and vitamin B6 have been helpful in treating osteochondrosis (leg-hip Perthes disease)...”

Meniere's Disease

...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
B6 supplementation may be effective in vertigo, including Meniere's syndrome...”

Meyer's Cocktail

...as a treatment
“...5cc), vitamin B2 (1000mcg/cc; 1cc given), vitamin B5 (100mg/cc; 1cc given), vitamin B6 (250mg/cc; 1cc given), the entire vitamin B complex (100mg/cc; 1cc given), and vitamin C (222mg/cc; 6cc given)...”
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Migraine/Tension Headaches

...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
“One older study reported that L-tyrosine (200mg), vitamin B6 (2...”

Morning Sickness

...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
“Increase vitamin B6 in your diet by eating whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes...”

Neuritis/Neuropathy

...relationship to Vitamin B-Complex Requirement
“Deficiencies of several B-vitamins (B1, B2, pantothenic acid, B6 and B12) can cause or contribute to neuritis...”
...recommendation Vitamin B-Complex
“...The disorder has been helped when vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, and pantothenic acid have been given together...”

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
“A study found plasma pyridoxal-5-phosphate (active vitamin B6) levels were about 48% lower in depressed patients than in controls, a statistically significant finding...”

Osteoporosis - Osteopenia

...recommendation Folic Acid
“Folate (folic acid) and the B-vitamins involved in homocysteine conversion (such as B12 and B6) may be beneficial in reducing the risk of osteoporosis because high levels of homocysteine are implicated in chronic diseases such as osteoporosis...”

Painful Menstruation (Dysmenorrhea)

...recommendation Magnesium
“Menstrual cramps, irritability, fatigue, depression, and water retention have been lessened with magnesium, usually given along with calcium and often with vitamin B6...”

Parkinson's Disease

...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
“In a Russian trial, 60 patients with Parkinsonism of various causes with pronounced tremor were effectively treated with intramuscular doses of vitamin B6...”
...recommendation Conventional Drug Use
“...There is also evidence that the use of l-dopa medications may lead to a deficiency of B-vitamins, especially niacin and vitamin B-6...”

Platelet Aggregation (Clotting)

...the condition
“...platelet aggregation include tocotrienols, shark liver oil, curcumin, gingko biloba, grape seed extract, grapes and grape juice, testosterone, Coumadin, fish oils, vitamin E at 300 IU or above, B6 at 150-200mg, EFAs, garlic, taurine and gugulipids...”

Polyunsaturated

...related topic
“...They include flaxseed with added vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), sunflower oil, safflower oil, and primrose oil...”

Pregnancy-Related Issues

...the condition
“...Vitamin B6, a nutrient needed for amino acid metabolism, is also required for your growing baby...”
...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
Vitamin B6 is necessary for optimal brain development and is an essential coenzyme for neurotransmitter synthesis...”
...recommendation Vitamin B-Complex
“Many naturopathic and other doctors suggest using vitamin B complex (50mg per day) with additional vitamin B6 and folic acid (800 to 1000mcg per day) for women planning to become pregnant and for those who are pregnant...”

Premenstrual Syndrome

...relationship to Copper Toxicity
“...Taking extra zinc and vitamin B6 before the menstrual period can reduce copper levels and thus the symptoms of PMS...”
...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
Vitamin B6 is effective for PMS symptoms because it reduces estrogen while raising progesterone levels...”
...recommendation Vitex / Chasteberry
“...One study compared vitex to vitamin B6 for treatment of PMS...”
...recommendation Magnesium
“Menstrual cramps, irritability, fatigue, depression and water retention have been lessened by taking supplemental magnesium, usually given along with calcium and often with vitamin B6...”

Premenstrual Syndrome PMS A (Anxiety)

...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
“In one study, women received 50mg per day of vitamin B6 or a placebo for 3 months...”

Premenstrual Syndrome PMS D (Depression)

...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
“In one study, women received 50mg per day of vitamin B6 or a placebo for 3 months...”
...recommendation Magnesium
“...Menstrual cramps, irritability, fatigue, depression and water retention have been lessened with magnesium, usually given along with calcium and often with vitamin B6...”

Premenstrual Syndrome PMS H (Headache)

...recommendation Magnesium
“...In addition, since pyridoxine requires magnesium for phosphorylation to its active form, a magnesium deficiency can lead to decreased B6 activity...”

Probiotics

...as a treatment
“...Probiotics also make certain vitamins needed by the body including folic acid, vitamin B6, niacin and vitamin K...”

Pyroluria

...the condition
“...The substance is harmless in itself, but high levels of these pyrroles systemically bind with B6 and zinc, preventing the use of these essential nutrients in the brain and body...”
...related topic
“This condition is caused by an overproduction during hemoglobin synthesis of kryptopyrrole, which chemically combines with vitamin B6 and zinc, resulting in their excretion and a severe deficiency of both of these essential nutrients...”
...relationship to Zinc Requirement
“Pyroluria is caused by an overproduction of kryptopyrrole during hemoglobin synthesis, which chemically combines with vitamin B6 and zinc, resulting in their excretion and a deficiency of both of these essential nutrients...”
...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
“Pyrolurics commonly respond within a few months to B6, zinc and manganese...”
...recommendation Zinc
“Kryptopyrrole is a reacting agent which combines irreversibly with active vitamin B6...”

Rheumatoid Arthritis

...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
“When nodules (Heberden's nodes) are present, vitamin B6 at 100-150mg per day may help...”

Senile Dementia

...our question about B-complex supplementation
“The B vitamins, particularly B6, B9 and B12, help us to stay mentally sharp...”

Sideroblastic Anemia

...the condition
“...Although some sideroblastic anemias are hereditary, most are acquired and are associated with drugs (alcohol, isoniazid, chloramphenicol, cytotoxic agents, and other vitamin B6 antagonists), heavy metals (lead), and various hematologic, neoplastic and inflammatory diseases...”

Sinusitis

...recommendation Vitamin Niacinamide
“See the link between Sinusitis and Vitamin B6...”
...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
“One older study reported that L-tyrosine (200mg), vitamin B6 (2...”
...recommendation L-Tyrosine
“See the link between Sinusitis and Vitamin B6...”

Stomach Cancer

...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“...The researchers found that plant-based nutrients such as dietary fiber, dietary beta-carotene, folic acid, vitamin C and vitamin B6 were associated with lower risk of these kinds of cancers...”

Stroke

...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
Vitamin B6 at 150-200mg daily reduces platelet aggregation, and thus may help prevent ischemic (clotting type) strokes...”

Susceptibility To Cavities

...recommendation Magnesium
“...For these purposes, a daily dose of 50mg of vitamin B6 and 200-300mg of magnesium is often given...”

Susceptibility To Miscarriages

...the condition
“...Nutritional lack of vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid aggravate the problem...”

Syndrome X / Metabolic Syndrome

...recommendation Vitamin B-Complex
“Vitamin B complex (B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12) helps the body to maintain good energy levels and healthy cells...”

Tardive Dyskinesia

...recommendation Melatonin
“...Other natural substances that have been reported to improve tardive dyskinesia include vitamin E, manganese and vitamin B6...”

Tendency Toward Postpartum Depression

...the condition
“...Women on birth control pills, when given vitamin B-6 and tryptophan, generally tend to metabolize tryptophan more normally...”
...recommendation Tryptophan / 5HTP
“...Women on birth control pills, when given vitamin B-6 and tryptophan, generally tend to metabolize tryptophan more normally...”

Test for Urine Kryptopyrroles

...as a treatment
“...Its cause is an inborn error in pyrrole chemistry, resulting in a dramatic zinc and vitamin B6 deficiency...”

Thymic Factors

...as a treatment
“...Other nutrients such as zinc, vitamin B-6 and certain amino acids are important because they are required for the production of thymic hormones...”

Thymus

...related topic
“...The thymus appears to need plenty of balanced protein, antioxidants like carotenes, vitamin C, E, B6, zinc and selenium...”

TMG (Trimethylglycine)

...as a treatment
“...[1] TMG lowers homocysteine levels with and without vitamins B12, B6 and folic acid...”

Tryptophan / 5HTP

...as a treatment
“...Tryptophan is often given with vitamin B6 and magnesium in between meals with a small amount of carbohydrate to facilitate uptake by the brain...”

Vinegar

...as a treatment
“...Cider vinegar contains many other nutrients, such as beta-carotene, magnesium, calcium, riboflavin and thiamin; vitamins B6, C and E; and fruit acids and pectin...”

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

...as a treatment
“...Niacin can be manufactured within the body, but, if there is a deficiency in B1, B2 and B6, it becomes impossible for niacin to be produced from tryptophan...”

Vitamin B3 Requirement

...the condition
“...The conversion of tryptophan to niacin requires the presence of other nutrients, such as thiamin, pyridoxine (vitamin B6), biotin, vitamin C and iron...”

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

...as a treatment
“...Vitamin B6 is an antioxidant nutrient that helps the body inhibit the formation of damaging free radicals...”

Vitamin B6 Requirement

...the condition
“Many people are consuming less than the suggested RDA amounts of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)...”
...our question about Frequency of bizarre/vivid dreams
“Vivid dreams can be a warning sign of excess vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) in the body, which can lead to neurological disorders if it continues...”

Vitamin B-Complex

...as a treatment
“...B-vitamins are part of a family that includes thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folic acid (B9) and cobalamin (B12)...”

Vitamin B-Complex Requirement

...the condition
“...The eight vitamins are thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pyridoxine (B6), cobalamin (B12), folic acid, pantothenic acid and biotin...”

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

...as a treatment
“...110-29, 1985] A study did not find a correlation between a high daily intake of vitamin C or vitamin B6 and the risk of stone formation, even when consumed in large doses...”

Vitiligo

...recommendation Test Copper Levels
“Melanin, the normal body pigment, is synthesized from the essential amino acid L-phenylalanine by an enzyme system dependent on copper, vitamin B6, vitamin C...”

Weakened Immune System

...the condition
“...A high-quality multivitamin and mineral supplement (especially B6, B12, folate, pantothenic acid, C, zinc, selenium, chromium, and manganese) can be an important starting point...”

Yeast / Candida Infection

...relationship to Megaloblastic Anemia / Pernicious Anemia
“Vitamin B12, B6, biotin and folate help maintain candida in its non-invasive form...”

Zinc Requirement

...our question about Perthes disease
“Zinc, Manganese and vitamin B6 have been helpful in treating osteochondrosis (leg-hip Perthes disease)...”
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