Vitamin B6 and your health by Stephanie King

  • Mar 12 2018

Did you know vitamin B6 deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies???

Large amounts of Vitamin B6 are lost during cooking and food processing. Symptoms of vitamin B6 deficiency include:

  • depression
  • sleep disturbance
  • nerve inflammation
  • PMS
  • lethargy
  • decreased alertness
  • anemia
  • altered mobility
  • elevated homocysteine
  • nausea
  • and more….

Vitamin B6 is metabolized in the gut so having a health digestion plays a key role in vitamin B6 in the body.

There are also certain health concerns that require increased vitamin B6. These include:

  • Hypothyroid
  • substance abuse like alcohol
  • excessive stress
  • estrogen and oral contraceptive users
  • hyperthyroid
  • high homocysteine levels
  • improved serotonin production

There are many good sources of foods that provide vitamin B6: brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, organ meats, peanuts, legumes, potatoes and bananas. The flora in your intestinal tract must be intact and healthy in order for you to absorb it an synthesize it.

Supplementation is also available for those who are unable to acquire adequate quantities through food and for those who need increased doses due to stress and dietary issues. Talk with a provider today about B6.

 

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