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Vitamin B6 Pyridoxine Part 2Regarding whether or not to supplment with pyridoxine, most fruits and vegetables have little or no vitamin B6, so strict vegetarians may want to supplement. Those who take birth control pills, abuse alcohol, or smoke cigarettes may also need a B-complex supplement also, because these substances all interfere with the bodyís absorption of all forms of vitamin B, including Vitamin B6. And since the elderly absorb less vitamin B as they age, they should consider supplementation as well.
Deficiency of vitamin B6 may be recognized by anemia, convulsions, headaches, nausea, flaky skin, a sore tongue, and vomiting. Other possible signs of deficiency include acne, anorexia, arthritis, conjunctivitis, cracks or sores on the mouth, depression, dizziness, fatigue, hyperirritability, impaired wound healing, inflammation of the mouth and gums, learning difficulties, weak memory, hair loss, hearing problems, numbness, oily facial skin, stunted growth, and tingling sensations (those with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome should probably ask their physician about supplementing this vitamin).
Individuals taking prescribed medications should note the following.
Certain prescription drugs interfere with the bodyís absorption of vitamin B6. These include diuretics, cortisone drugs, and high blood pressure, tuberculosis, and arthritis medications.
Additionally, theophylline, a prescription drug used to treat asthma, keeps the body from correctly processing vitamin B6, and can create a deficiency. Asthmatics taking this medication should ask their physician about the need to supplement since sudies have shown that supplementing pyridoxine can help reduce wheezing and lessen the severity of full-blown asthma attacks.
Because Vitamin B6 can achieve toxicity in large doses, to be on the safe side, take no more than 50 mg a day of vitamin B6 without consulting a physician.
Though some experts say up to 200 milligrams a day is safe, itís probably best to be cautious.
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