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|Suggested Usage: As a dietary supplement, take 1 capsule daily, preferably with meals.|
|Amount Per Serving||mg||Daily|
|Vitamin B-6 (as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride)||100||5,000%|
|Other Ingredients: Rice Flour, and Gelatin (capsule).|
|Contains no sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg, shellfish, or preservatives.|
Unless otherwise noted, the following are excerpts from
U.S. NCCAM National Institutes of Health
[B-6] is a vitamin that helps keep nerves, skin, red blood cells, and mucous membranes healthy. Most people who have a
normal diet do not need extra pyridoxine (vitamin B-6). However, vitamin B-6 is used to treat or prevent a lack of body vitamin
B-6, to treat a certain blood problem (sideroblastic anemia), to prevent a certain nerve problem (peripheral neuropathy) caused
by certain drugs (e.g., isoniazid, penicillamine), to prevent seizures from a certain medication (cycloserine), or to treat
seizures in newborn infants who are not responsive to the usual medications.
Vitamin B-6 Deficiency
Vitamin B-6 deficiency can occur in individuals with poor quality diets that are deficient in many nutrients. Symptoms occur during
later stages of deficiency, when intake has been very low for an extended time. Signs of vitamin B-6 deficiency include dermatitis
(skin inflammation), glossitis (a sore tongue), depression, confusion, and convulsions. Vitamin B-6 deficiency also can cause anemia.
Some of these symptoms can also result from a variety of medical conditions other than vitamin B-6 deficiency. It is important to have
a physician evaluate these symptoms so that appropriate medical care can be given.
Alcoholics and older adults are more likely to have inadequate vitamin B-6 intakes than other segments of the population because they
may have limited variety in their diet. Alcohol also promotes the destruction and loss of vitamin B-6 from the body. Asthmatic children
treated with the medicine theophylline may need to take a vitamin B-6 supplement.
The Nervous System
Vitamin B-6 is needed for the synthesis of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. These neurotransmitters are required for
normal nerve cell communication. Researchers have been investigating the relationship between vitamin B-6 status and a wide variety of
neurologic conditions such as seizures, chronic pain, depression, headache, and Parkinson's disease.
Lower levels of serotonin have been found in individuals suffering from depression and migraine headaches. So far, however, vitamin B-6
supplements have not proved effective for relieving these symptoms. One study found that a sugar pill was just as likely as vitamin B-6
to relieve headaches and depression associated with low dose oral contraceptives.
Alcohol abuse can result in neuropathy, abnormal nerve sensations in the arms and legs. A poor dietary intake contributes to this
neuropathy and dietary supplements that include vitamin B-6 may prevent or decrease its incidence.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Vitamin B-6 was first recommended for carpal tunnel syndrome almost 30 years ago. Several popular books still recommend taking 100 to
200 milligrams (mg) of vitamin B-6 daily to treat carpal tunnel syndrome, even though scientific studies do not indicate it is
effective. Anyone taking large doses of vitamin B-6 supplements for carpal tunnel syndrome needs to be aware that the Institute of
Medicine recently established an upper tolerable limit of 100 mg per day for adults. There are documented cases in the literature of
neuropathy caused by excessive vitamin B-6 taken for treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Vitamin B-6 has become a popular remedy for treating the discomforts associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Unfortunately,
clinical trials have failed to support any significant benefit. One recent study indicated that a sugar pill was as likely to relieve
symptoms of PMS as vitamin B-6. In addition, vitamin B-6 toxicity has been seen in increasing numbers of women taking vitamin B-6
supplements for PMS. One review indicated that neuropathy was present in 23 of 58 women taking daily vitamin B-6 supplements for PMS
whose blood levels of B-6 were above normal. There is no convincing scientific evidence to support recommending vitamin B-6 supplements
Some research suggests that magnesium citrate or vitamin B-6 supplements may help prevent kidney stones. But the evidence is weak and
at this time not sufficient enough to recommend magnesium citrate or vitamin B-6 for the prevention of kidney stones.
- Mayo Clinic
Vitamin B-6 is one of the more popular members of the B-vitamin family and is found in fresh vegetables. Clinical studies have shown
that B-6 plays an important role in regulating homocysteine levels in the body. Homocysteine is produced as a by-product of the
demethylation of methionine and can be toxic in elevated amounts.
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