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How Vitamin B6 Works

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Although pyridoxine has been shown to be effective against a high number of conditions, dosages of this helpful vitamin should stay between 50 and 100 mg per day. If taking more than 50 mg per day, divide it into several doses. These amounts are believed to be safe for long-term use. Some experts feel that vitamin B6 is most effective when taken alone, rather than in a vitamin B complex.

High doses of pryidoxine have a toxic effect.
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High doses of pryidoxine have a toxic effect.

Despite being water-soluble, pyridoxine is toxic in high doses, causing reversible nerve damage to the extremities. Doses of 200 mg or more for an extended period of time can trigger tingling and numbness in the hands and feet. When dosage levels are reduced, symptoms disappear. To find the best prices on B vitamin supplements, click here.

With so many uses and so many sources, there's no reason not to get your full daily dose of vitamin B6. With the help of this article, you can pick your favorite vitamin-B6-rich food and start eating your way to better health.

Vitamin B6 is just one of the many vitamins that are part of a healthy diet. Check out the following links to learn more:
  • When teamed with other B vitamins, B2 helps in metabolism. Find out what it does at How Vitamin B2 Works.
  • Found mostly in protein, vitamin B3 keeps us strong. How Vitamin B3 Works explains what happens if you don't get enough of it.
  • Everyone knows vitamin C fights the common cold. Learn how it does the trick at How Vitamin C Works.
  • Your body can make its own vitamin D if you get enough sunshine. Learn the details at How Vitamin D Works.
  • Vitamin E is an antioxidant, which keeps the blood clean. Separate truth from fiction at How Vitamin E Works.
  • To learn about the many vitamins in our diet, how much you should be eating, and where to find them, go to our general Vitamins page.
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Jennifer Brett, N.D. is director of the Acupuncture Institute for the University of Bridgeport, where she also serves on the faculty for the College of Naturopathic Medicine. A recognized leader in her field with an extensive background in treating a wide variety of disorders utilizing nutritional and botanical remedies, Dr. Brett has appeared on WABC TV (NYC) and on Good Morning America to discuss utilizing herbs for health.

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