Vitamin B-6 is needed to help your body use protein, form red blood cells and maintain brain function.
Serious deficiencies of vitamin B-6 are rare, but they can increase your level of homocysteine, and potentially boost your risk of heart disease and stroke. High doses of vitamin B-6 have been touted as a treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome and premenstrual syndrome. But studies have generally not supported the effectiveness of this treatment in relieving these conditions. In addition, large daily doses of the vitamin have been associated with neurological problems, such as numbness in the hands and feet (peripheral neuropathy), and skin lesions.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) daily dose
|Age|| Vitamin B 6
|0 - 6 months||0.1|
19 - 65 years
|1.3 (19-50 yrs)
1.7 (50 + yrs)
|65 + years Males||1.7|
|65 + years Females||1.5|
A deficiency of vitamin B6 alone is uncommon because it usually occurs in association with a deficit in other B-complex vitamins.
Vitamin B6 Food sources: fortified and enriched grains, whole-grain products, poultry, fish, soybeans, nuts, pea,s and bananas.
Foods High in Vitamin B6
|Other fish||3 oz||0.6|
|Split peas||0,5 cup||0.6|
|Dried beans, cooked||0,5 cup||0.4|
|Turnip greens||0,5 cup||0.7|
|Brussels sprouts||0,5 cup||0.4|
|Sweet Potato||0,5 cup||0.2|