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B 6 Pyridoxine HCL 50mg
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is necessary for protein metabolism, energy
production and normal nervous system function. Vitamin B-6 is involved
in nearly 60 enzyme systems in the body. It is necessary for normal
growth, red blood cell synthesis and vitamin B-12 absorption.
Vitamin B-6 has often been called 'the woman's vitamin' because it is so
helpful for premenstrual syndrome, and may help the depression
associated with the use of oral contraceptives. Vitamin B-6 may also
help prevent certain complications of pregnancy including nausea and
vomiting, gestational diabetes, intrauterine growth retardation, and
Research has shown that vitamin B-6 (usually in doses of 50 to 200
mg/day) can prevent or relieve the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
and may be helpful for asthma. Vitamin B-6 supplementation, in
conjunction with folic acid and vitamin B-12, can lower homocysteine
levels, thus reducing the risk for cardiovascular disease. By inhibiting
the production of oxalate, vitamin B-6 may prevent calcium oxalate
kidney stone recurrence.
Persons at risk for vitamin B-6 deficiency: anyone with a malabsorption
problem (such as lactose intolerance or celiac disease; diabetics;
elderly; women who are pregnant, nursing or taking oral contraceptives.
Vitamin C has been included since it works well with all other B
Incidents of vitamin B-6 toxicity are very rare. Although there are
isolated reports of nervous system problems with smaller doses, most of
the problems appear when persons take 2000 to 6000 mg per day. However,
some health professionals have criticized these studies, claiming they
were flawed. They note these people were not taking magnesium, the other
B vitamins or other nutrients that should be taken if one takes large
amounts of vitamin B-6. Such symptoms are also quite common, and can be
caused by even minor metabolic disturbances such as reactive
hypoglycemia, food allergies or magnesium deficiency, all of which
affects most women with PMS. These effects, such as numbness and
tingling in the hands or feet, or unsteady gait, are reversed when
dosage is reduced and there is usually no permanent damage. However,
anyone taking high doses of vitamin B-6 for therapeutic reasons should
do so under the supervision of a trained health professional.