Signs of Deficiency for Vitamin B – 6 (Pyridoxine) 

  • Acne
  • Anemia
  • Anorexia
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Convulsions
  • Cracks and sores on the mouth, lips, and tongue
  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Eczema
  • Fatigue
  • Flaky skin
  • Glucose intolerance
  • Hair loss
  • Headaches
  • Hearing problems
  • Hyperirritability
  • Impaired nerve function
  • Impaired wound healing
  • Inflammation of the mouth and gums
  • Learning difficulties
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Numbness
  • Oily facial skin
  • Seborrhea
  • Skin lesions
  • Sore tongue
  • Stunted growth
  • Tingling sensations
  • Vomiting
  • Water retention
  • Weak memory 

Health Concerns – What Vitamin B–6 (Pyridoxine) Is Used For: 

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chinese restaurant syndrome
  • Diabetes (prevention of diabetic complications)
  • Epilepsy
  • Kidney stones
  • Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy
  • Osteoporosis
  • Premenstrual syndrome 

What Vitamin B – 6 (Pyridoxine) Does:  

  • Acts as a natural diuretic
  • Aids in maintaining sodium and potassium balance
  • Aids in the absorption of B-12
  • Aids in the formation of several neurotransmitters
  • Aids in the prevention of arteriosclerosis
  • Alleviates nausea
  • Boosts immunity
  • Helpful in treatment of arthritis
  • Helps prevent skin and nervous disorders
  • Helps process amino acids
  • Helps to control diabetes
  • Increases the bioavailability of magnesium
  • Inhibits of the formation of a toxic chemical called homocysteine, which attacks the heart muscle
  • Involved in the manufacture of all amino acid neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin, dopamine, melatonin, epinephrine, norepinephrine, etc.)
  • Necessary for the absorption of fats and protein
  • Necessary for the production of hydrochloric acid
  • Needed for normal brain function 
  • Needed for synthesis of the nucleic acids RNA and DNA for normal cellular growth
  • Promotes beautiful skin
  • Promotes red blood cell formation
  • Protects against cancer
  • Protects against environmental pollutants, smoking and stress
  • Reduces muscle cramps and spasms
  • Supplementation inhibits histamine release in the treatment of allergies and asthma
  • Treats carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Treats symptoms of PMS and menopause
  • Useful for the treatment of gallstones
  • Useful in preventing oxalate kidney stones
  • Vital role in the multiplication of all cells  

FOOD SOURCES of Vitamin B – 6 (Pyridoxine): 

  • Avocado
  • Bananas
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Blackstrap molasses
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Broccoli
  • Brown rice
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Buckwheat flour
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Chicken
  • Corn
  • Dulse
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Garbanzos beans (chickpeas)
  • Hazelnuts
  • Legumes
  • Lentils
  • Lima beans
  • Liver
  • Meat
  • Navy beans
  • Nuts
  • Organ meats
  • Peas
  • Pinto beans
  • Plantains
  • Potatoes
  • Poultry
  • Raisin bran
  • Rice bran
  • Seeds
  • Soybeans and products
  • Spinach
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Tempeh
  • Tuna
  • Turkey
  • Walnuts
  • Wheat bran & germ
  • Whole grains
  • Yeast, brewers & torula 

Herb Sources of Vitamin B – 6 (Pyridoxine): 

  • Alfalfa
  • Catnip
  • Oat straw 

Other Sources for Vitamin B–6 (Pyridoxine) – Name Brands: 

  • Standard Process Labs B6 Niacinamide and Niacinamide B6 

Cautions & Comments about Vitamin B – 6 (Pyridoxine) 

  • Should be taken as part of a B-complex supplement and in equal amounts with B-1 and B-2
  • Antidepressants, estrogen therapy, oral contraceptives, alcohol, and penicillin may increase the need for Vitamin B-6. 
  • Diuretics and cortisone drugs block the absorption of this vitamin
  • Some people report side-effects with doses as low as 100 mg
  • Vitamin B-6 is toxic in high doses, causing serious nerve damage when taken at quantities of more than 2 grams per day
  • Pregnant and lactating women should not take more than 100 mg daily