Symptoms, conditions and causes

11 Vitamin B6 Deficiency Systems You've Never Heard

Vitamin B6: The Unsung Hero You Might Be Missing

While a severe vitamin B6 deficiency is uncommon, many people unknowingly have a subclinical deficiency that can still affect their health. Here's what you need to know:

Why B6 Matters: This vitamin is essential for numerous bodily functions, supporting everything from your nervous system to immune function.

Safety: Taking less than 200mg of vitamin B6 daily is typically safe and without side effects. Toxicity is rare unless you're mega dosing with over 1000mg per day.

Where to Find B6: Good food sources include:

  • Beef

  • Pork

  • Fish

  • Chicken

Common Signs of Low B6:

  • Rashes around the nose or mouth

  • Pink eye

  • Anemia

  • Neurological issues (numbness in hands/feet)

  • Depression

Hidden Impacts of B6 Deficiency:

  1. Inflammation (especially in the gut)

  2. Trouble processing healthy fats

  3. Neurotransmitter imbalances

  4. Reduced ability to create essential fatty acids (like DHA)

  5. Impaired selenium function (important for thyroid health and immunity)

  6. Difficulty converting tryptophan to niacin (another crucial B vitamin)

  7. Hair loss

  8. Seizures (in severe cases)

  9. Elevated homocysteine (linked to heart disease risk)

  10. Increased risk of autism in offspring

  11. Vulnerability to gut infections

What Can Deplete B6?

  • Processed foods

  • Diuretics

  • Blood pressure medications

  • Antibiotics

  • Birth control pills

  • Alcohol

  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding

  • Smoking

  • Certain herbicides

  • Ginkgo biloba

*Please keep in mind that the above is not a medical advice. You should see your doctor about any possible medical conditions.

Last updated: May 24, 2024 14:37 PM