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Vitamin B6 do?
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Vitamin B6 is
probably involved in more bodily processes than
any other vitamin or mineral. Referred to as
"the workhorse of nutrients", it performs more
than 100 jobs innumerable times a day.
for vitamin B6 is pyridoxine. In supplement
form, it is available as pyridoxine
hydrochloride or pyridoxal-5-phosphate (p-5-p).
Either form satisfies most needs but some
nutritionally oriented doctors prefer p-5-p
because it may be better absorbed.
prevent cardiovascular disease and strokes
- helps to
carpal tunnel syndrome
- may lessen
relieve asthma attacks
Vitamin B6 and carpal tunnel syndrome
After I was involved in a car
accident, I ended up with severe pain and
tingling in my arms, hands and fingers. I
was diagnosed with advanced carpal tunnel
syndrome. The accident probably didn't
cause it, but it sure aggravated it and fast.
I refused to have surgery (most people I know
who had it only had horror stories to tell) and
I didn't want pain killers.
It was so bad, I was afraid to
drive because I couldn't feel my hands, the pain
woke me up many nights and kept me up for hours,
taking a shower and getting dressed had become
quite a chore (try buttoning a blouse/shirt or
doing your bra when you can't feel your
fingers!), I dropped stuff, what a nightmare!
So I dug out my herbal books and read that
Vitamin B6 could help relieve the symptoms.
I've found that taking one
Vitamin B6 - 50mg - with lunch and dinner every
day TOTALLY relieved my symptoms. I
thought I had found a miracle cure for my
problem. The relief lasted about a month
or two and then the pain and tingling came back.
So I stopped taking my B6 supplement for a
while. Yes, I had to deal with the pain
all over again. Then a few weeks later, I
started taking B6 supplements again. The
pain and tingling went away again. Since
my car accident in September 2003, I have been
taking vitamin B6 on and off regularly and today
I barely have any symptoms at all of the carpal
tunnel syndrome. It really does work!
vitamin B6 from your diet or supplements may
help prevent heart disease.
Vitamin B6 is
involved in the process of clearing excess
estrogen from the body, so it may be helpful to
relieve PMS symptoms.
It may be
useful in reducing the likelihood of having
epileptic seizures as well as reducing
maintains nerve health. People with diabetes who
are at risk for nerve damage can benefit from
B6. It is also effective in easing the symptoms
of carpal tunnel syndrome which involves nerve
inflammation in the wrist causing pain and
tingling in the fingers, hands and arms.
For people with
asthma, vitamin B6 may reduce the intensity and
frequency of attacks.
The RNI for
vitamin B6 is about 1.3 mg a day for women and
men under 50, and 1.5 mg a day for women and 1.7
mg a day for men over 50. Doses up to 100 mg a
day are generally safe, even for long-term use.
Therapeutic doses are higher.
deficiencies of B6 vitamin may increase the risk
of heart attack and vascular diseases. Symptoms
of severe deficiency, which is rare, are skin
disorders such as dermatitis, sores around the
mouth, and acne. Neurological signs include
insomnia, depression, and in extreme cases,
seizures and brain wave abnormalities.
If you get too
much - High doses of vitamin B6 (more than
2,000 mg a day) can cause nerve damage when
taken for long periods. In rare cases,
prolonged use at 200-300 mg per day can produce
the same effect. Fortunately, nerve damage is
completely reversible once you stop taking the
vitamin. If you're using B6 for nerve pain,
talk to your doctor if you experience any new
numbness or tingling and stop taking the
`You can keep
homocysteine (heart health) in check with just 3
mg of B6 a day, but a daily dose of 50 mg is
often recommended. Higher doses are needed for
For PMS: 100
mg of B6 a day
syndrome: try 50 mg of B6 or P-5-P three times
50 mg of B6 twice a day
Vitamin B6 is
best absorbed in doses of no more than 100 mg at
one time. When taking higher doses, this more
gradual intake will also decrease your chances
of nerve damage.
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