Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxal, pyridoxine, and pyridoxamine):

     Severe B6 deficiency may cause seizures; other symptoms may include irritability; confusion and depression; the tongue may be swollen and painful; mouth ulcers and fissures at the corners of the mouth may occur; weakened immune system.

     Vitamin B6, B12 and folate are needed for the breakdown of homocysteine, which at elevated levels, may increase risk of heart disease.

     PMS symptoms and prenatal nausea and vomiting symptoms may be helped by B6 intake.  Pyroluria may be a genetic problem that causes increased urinary loss of B6 and zinc for some people.

Food Sources of Vitamin B6 include:  fortified cereal, barley, buckwheat, avocados, baked potato with the skin, beef, poultry, salmon, bananas, green leafy vegetables, beans, nuts, sunflower seeds.


Reference for more information:

An Evidence-based Approach to Vitamins and Minerals:  Health Benefits and Intake Recommendations, 2nd Ed., by J. Higdon & V. Drake, (Thieme, Stuttgart / New York, 2012)

See a health care provider for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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