Vitamin B6 is actually a group of closely related substances pyridoxine, pyridoxinal and pyridoxaminc that work together. They are excreted by your body about eight hours after you consume them, so you need to replace this vitamin regularly.
B6 acts as a natural, safe diuretic, flushing extra water and watersoluble wastes from your body. The B6 trio helps your nervous system function properly. Helps nerve impulses transmit properly. Pyridoxine and its related compounds are also essential for your immune system, and a lack of B6 may even shrink your immune tissues.
This vitamin helps the body produce antibodies, those proteins that fight off foreign infectious invaders, as well as red blood cells. Two of your immune system's most important elements, your thymus and spleen, need pyridoxine for their normal functioning.
Other Benefits: Helps keep sexual organs healthy. In men, helps reduce the inflammation of the prostate gland known as prostatitis. For women, this vitamin is especially helpful in relieving premenstrual fluid retention. May help alleviate depression. Supplements are an effective and low-risk alternative to surgery for the nerve disease carpal-tunnel syndrome. Can reduce symptoms in patients with the fatal blood disorder sickle-cell anemia.
Good for These Symptoms:
Signs of Deficiency:
RDA: 2.2 mg
Optimal Level: 150 mg
Maximum: 100 mg
Signs of Toxicity: In megadoses of 2,000 to 6,000 mg a day, B6 can create serious side effects including impairment of the sensory nerves including: