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Health Benefits Of Vitamin B6

Updated on September 25, 2014

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Vitamin B6 is a vital nutrient which is responsible for the proper function of sixty enzymes within our bodies.vitamin B6 contributes in the manufacturing of serotonin, which is a chemical within our brain. Vitamin B6 also plays a major part in the production of hemoglobin and cells within our immune system.

Vitamin B6 also is involved in the process of breaking down carbohydrates, and processing it to be turned into energy for our daily activities. But the decrease in vitamin B6 can also contribute to a poor nervous system. Vitamin B6 is also a helper in regulating estrogen and progesterone. Some studies report vitamin B6 is linked to cardiovascular disease in patients who tested as having low levels of vitamin B6.

The Brain and B6

The Effect of B Complex Vitamins And Autism

The two separate clinical studies were performed on children with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and their diet . The studies were performed over the course of several months. They were gradually given increased doses of vitamins, and minerals such as magnesium. The children showed signs of decreased hyperactivity. The children's information recorded by the doctors from the studies were gathered for as long as six months .

The diet the children received was rigous, and the first dose of vitamins were normal doses. With autism some believe the cause is linked to mercury poisoning; some believe this due to mercury damaging the same part of the brain as autism. You may ask how would a child receive mercury? Vacccines.

The purpose of the research was to try to detox the children to see how they would respond. In clinical settings this treatment is called megavitamin therapy.

The group of children that were diagnosed with autism showed no signs of improvement in the clinical study. Their doses were increased a third time, and the patients showed signs of improved speaking abilities and less numerous amounts of tantrums . The downside of children receiving such large amounts of vitamins was bed wetting.


What Nature Provides

Absorption of B6

Absorption of this nutrient is easily absorbed. Vitamin B6is a water soluble nutrient. Vitamin B6 versus the other B vitamins has the most documented researched information available for consumers. B6 is also the most recommended along with B12 of the B complex vitamins.

Women who suffer with extreme PMS can benefit from taking B6 on a regular basis, this nutrient works by regulating estrogen levels. This nutrient has many benefits that can aid in supporting the body in healing. The nutrient is a natural diurectic which can assist in helping with weight loss, accompanied with exercise and a sensible meal plan.


Taking this nutrient in large amounts for long periods can be toxic and cause neurologic problems. 50 milligrams is the maximum amount per day that can be taken without a doctors supervision. In cases of therpeutic amounts should only be taken with a doctor's consult.

Deficiency Signs

  • Impaired Nerves
  • Eczema
  • Convulsions (usually in children)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Pregnant Woman have worse cases of morning sickness
  • Higher rates of stillborn births in mothers who were severely deficient of B6
  • Arthritis
  • Irritable
  • Depression
  • Crack lips
  • anemia

Natural Sources

  • Bananas
  • Navy Beans
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Wheat Germ
  • Chicken Breast
  • Liver


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  • TotalHealth profile image


    8 years ago from Hermosa Beach, CA

    Great hub! Vitamin B6 is very important, not to mention getting a good balance of other vitamins and minerals. Thanks for sharing.

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    complejo b 

    9 years ago

    One banana every day helps a lot.

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    9 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

    great info!

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    9 years ago

    Hi Condor Grazy, I am happy you were able to find the information you were looking for!

  • candle62 profile image


    9 years ago from London

    This is a great hub, please carry on giving useful information like this. Thankyou

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    9 years ago

    Thanks for the great post. The B-vitamins definitely deserve more attention.

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    Research Analyst 

    10 years ago

    I have heard so many good things about the b vitamins, thanks for the explanation and the list of natural foods to eat. I love bananas too!

  • adrienne2 profile imageAUTHOR

    Adrienne F Manson 

    10 years ago from Atlanta

    @ImanAlipk You are most welcome!

    @tio12 Yes B6 is a good vitamin to take. Sometimes doctors give us instructions, but do not always explain in full detail why a particular instruction is important.

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    Rudy Herdyantio 

    10 years ago from Indonesia

    I consume the vitamin B6 include this with my doctor's instructions. but I never knew this information. thank you for sharing this information.

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    10 years ago

    Thanx for sharing many excellent things for health.nice hub.

  • adrienne2 profile imageAUTHOR

    Adrienne F Manson 

    10 years ago from Atlanta

    @pathannaziya thanks for commenting.

    @revitawellness I appreciate your taking the time to take a read.

    @Kamran Thank you.

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    10 years ago

    very nice article, very benefical and useful

  • revitawellness profile image


    10 years ago from Mecklenburg

    Great article on vitamin B6. Vitamin B6is a water soluble nutrient.Very informative..//

  • pathannaziya1 profile image


    10 years ago from nadiad

    very nice

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    10 years ago from Chicago

    while I eat most foods with B6 -- I still think it is a good idea to take supplements with B6 because one can be deficient in that area. Your hub is great because it brings to light the symptoms of being deficient. This tells me I have to get back on track!

  • adrienne2 profile imageAUTHOR

    Adrienne F Manson 

    10 years ago from Atlanta

    Hi Healthgoji, Thanks for stopping by and reading the hub!

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    10 years ago

    Great informational hub - the information and images really grab you and inform you.

  • adrienne2 profile imageAUTHOR

    Adrienne F Manson 

    10 years ago from Atlanta

    Hi Condor Grazy, I am happy you were able to find the information you were looking for!


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    Condor Grazy 

    10 years ago

    Very cool hub. I was researching the ingredients for Smarter Focus and found the information in this hub to be helpful. Thanks adrienne2!

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    George Black 

    10 years ago

    I really liked the hub, especially the pictures! Thanks for the post!

    "rate up!"

  • adrienne2 profile imageAUTHOR

    Adrienne F Manson 

    10 years ago from Atlanta

    Melanie, Beccas90,

    Happy you enjoyed the hub. Although I write about a variety of topics health and nutrition is my favorite subject to write about.

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    10 years ago from New York

    I enjoy reading about brain food and glad I came across this hub about B6.

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    11 years ago from Canada, USA, London

    Great Hub - I like very specific hubs. Actually, they are the Only kind I like!



  • adrienne2 profile imageAUTHOR

    Adrienne F Manson 

    11 years ago from Atlanta

    02SmithA thank you for taking the time to stop by, I'm glad to hear it was resourceful.

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    11 years ago from Ohio

    Very nicely done. I learned some new things from this hub!


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