• Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)Vitamin b6
    • What it Does:
      • Essential for a healthy nervous system by providing serotonin and dopamine to the nerves allowing them to function properly
      • A deficiency in B6 can contribute to muscle weakness, nervousness, irritability, depression, difficulty concentrating, and short-term memory loss
      • Regulates mental process, mental confusion, and mood
      • Improves energy and metabolism
      • Reduces pain and chronic inflammation associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis
      • Needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes and liver.
      • Lowers chances for heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease
      • Relieves pain from carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Where it’s found:
      • Bananas
      • Brewer’s yeast
      • Brown rice
      • Garlic
      • Lentils
      • Liver
      • Meats
      • Potatoes
      • Raisin bran cereal
      • Sweet Potatoes
      • Tuna
      • Turkey
      • Whole Grains
    • Why take a supplement?
      • Eating the typical American fare does not contain the very high quality, raw foods that are needed for sufficient absorption. Prescription medications including antiepileptic drugs, gabapentin (I take this to manage my fibro pain) and pregabalin reduce absorption.
      • Although multivitamins have some good amounts of other helpful vitamins, they often do not contain enough B6 to affect people with chronic pain conditions such as RA and FMS.
    • Downsides:
      • Over 200mg per day can damage sensory nerves leading to numbness in the hands and feet as well as difficulty walking.   No one should ever take more than 500mg per day, even with clinical supervision
      • Water-soluble, meaning it passes through your system via urine every day, so it must be replaced daily by either diet or supplement to prevent deficiency.
    • Possible Interactions:  If you are being treated with any of the following medications, you should not use vitamin B6 supplements without first talking to your health care provider.
      • Cycloserine (Seromycin), used to treat tuberculosis
      • Antibiotics, Tetracycline — All B complex vitamins, including vitamin B6, interfere with the absorption and effectiveness of antibiotic tetracycline. You should take tetracycline at different times from vitamin B6 and other B vitamins.
      • Amiodarone (Cordarone) — This drug, used to treat an irregular heartbeat
      • Chemotherapy drugs — Vitamin B6 may reduce certain side effects of 5-fluorouracil and doxorubicin, medications used to treat cancer.
      • Erythropoietin (EPO) — used to treat severe anemia
      • Levodopa (L-dopa) — used to treat Parkinson’s disease.
      • Phenytoin (Dilantin) — used to treat seizures
      • Hydralazine (Apresoline), used to treat high blood pressure
      • Isoniazid, used to treat tuberculosis
      • Penicillamine, used to treat rheumatoid arthritis
      • Theophylline (TheoDur), used to treat asthma

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