B-6 Vitamin 100 mg, 100 Tablets

B-6 Vitamin 100 mg, 100 Tablets
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"Vitamin B-6 performs a wide variety of functions in the body and is essential for good health. It is found in a wide variety of foods including fortified cereals, beans, meat, poultry, fish, and some fruits and vegetables." - U.S. NCCAM National Institutes of Health

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Overview - Vitamin B-6 Deficiency - The Nervous System
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Premenstrual Syndrome
Kidney Stones - Manufacturer's Description

 

  Supplement Facts
  Suggested Usage: As a dietary supplement, take 1 capsule daily, preferably with meals.
  Amount Per Serving mg Daily
Value
  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

 

Overview


[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. - WebMD®

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.

Premenstrual 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 for PMS.

Kidney Stones


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

Manufacturer's Description


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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