Vitamin B6 interacts with over 100 enzymes and is necessary for protein metabolism. Pyridoxine is the other name for Vitamin B6 and is water-soluble. The nice thing about water soluble vitamins is that they are hard to overdose on because excess is excreted in the urine.
Vitamin B6 plays an important role in the proper function of our brain and body. B6 aids in the production of hemoglobin which is an integral part of red blood cells. Without red blood cells carrying oxygen in our bodies and there would be no human life. B6 is also involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats which are important sources of energy for our bodies. Vitamin B6 is essential in the production of messaging neurons called neurotransmitters. Vitamin B6 even helps the liver detoxify. A little known use of Vitamin B6 is its use in treating nausea vomting, especially in pregnant women.
Homocysteine is a marker for cardiovascular disease. Imagine splinter in your blood vessels and you have an idea of what homocysteine is doing. Studies have shown that B vitamins are really good at homocysteine lowering. Specifically folic acid, vitamin b12 and b 6 are known to lower you homocysteine levels.
Where to find Vitamin B6
Excellent vegetable sources of Vitamin B6 are: Spinach, Cabbage, Bok Choy, Bell Peppers, Turnip Greens, Garlic and Cauliflower. In addition, these meats are very good sources: Tuna, Turkey, Beef, Chicken, and Salmon. Here are some additional sources: Sweet Potatoes, Banana, Winter Squash, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Collard, Mustard and Beet Greens, Kale, Carrots, Swiss Chard, Asparagus, Tomatoes, Leeks, Summer Squash and Chili Peppers. As you can see the list of foods with Vitamin B6 is long and you should not be deficient in this vitamin if you eat a well balanced diet.
How Much Vitamin B6 to Take
It is always best to get your vitamins from whole foods. Some people have chronic gut problems and have difficulty absorbing vitamins. Supplementation is a good option for those times. The recommended daily intake(RDA) of vitamin B6 is as follows: 1.3 milligrams in adults ages 19-59 and the maximum daily intake is 100 milligrams. While rare, high doses of B6 can be toxic. The most common symptoms of toxicity are nerve damage, numbness and tingling in the extremities, and sensitivity to sunlight. Always talk to your primary care provider before taking any supplements.
Myers Cocktail Vitamin IV infusion
A Myers Cocktail is an IV vitamin infusion and makes people feel great, especially if they are feeling run down. This is mostly due to all the B vitamin replenishment they get. While there are other nutrients such as Vitamin C , magnesium, and calcium in the mixture it is the Vitamin B complex that delivers the punch. If you are feeling run down and would like to try a vitamin infusion, give the Loveland Medical Clinic a call .
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