Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

 

What is it?

Vitamin B6 or Pyridoxine is a water-soluble vitamin.

What does it do?

  • Essential for breaking down protein and use of proteins in the body including in hormone production.
  • Helps to balance sex hormones, used to support PMS and Menopause symptoms & morning sickness.
  • Profoundly effects the immune system, boosting levels of white blood cells, T cells and function of the thymus.
  • Essential for brain function, natural anti-depressant.
  • Involved in a healthy immune system as it is used in the production of antibodies.

Deficiency Symptoms

  • Infrequent dream recall
  • Water retention
  • Tingling hands, muscle tremors or cramps
  • Dry skin problems, cracked lips, eczema

Recommended Daily Amount (RDA)

Children 0.5-1mg
Adults 1.2-1.4mg

B vitamins tend to function best when in combination with the other B vitamins, rather than in isolation, it is usually recommended that it B6 is supplemented as part of a B complex.

Therapeutic amounts are generally considered to be slightly higher than RDAs. However high doses should be considered in conjunction with a healthcare practitioner.

Food Sources

Wholegrains, legumes, bananas, green leafy vegetables, seeds, nuts, pulses, peppers, squash, asparagus, cauliflower.

Safety Considerations

B6 has been associated with some toxicity when taken in mega doses or large doses over long periods of time, higher doses should always be considered in conjunction with a healthcare practitioner.

 

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