Vitamin B6 and its Benefits


B-6 vitamins Vitamin B6, which is also called as pyridoxamine, pyridoxine, or pyridoxal, is one of the most prominent essential vitamins required for functioning of numerous enzymes in our bodies. This vitamin is vital for protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. As a co-enzyme, vitamin B6 works along with other enzymes to regulate all sorts of processes in our body. But ironically, many people fall short of meeting the daily requirements of this essential vitamin. As a result, they suffer from many vitamin B6 deficiency problems. Fatigue, moodiness, irritability, loss of appetite, hair loss, dry skin especially on the lips and tongue are some of the symptoms of vitamin B6 deficiency. 


As per a latest research, vitamin B6 helps in relieving edema and water retention problem, rheumatism, peripheral neuropathy, autism, learning and developmental disorders, magnesium deficiency, tendonitis, cardiovascular occlusions and myocardial infarcts. Studies have also shown that people diagnosed with arthritis, epilepsy, acne, and sebhorheic dermatitis problems often have significant shortage of vitamin B6 in their bodies. Especially among women, this vitamin required to balance the hormonal changes, shortage of which often leads to irregular menstrual periods, headaches, irritability and mood swing problems. 


This health-affirming vitamin is available abundant in seeds, beans, bran and beef, egg, fish, and bananas. However, the intake of vitamin B6 supplements offer maximum benefits. Doctors recommend a daily intake of 1.6 milligrams of B6 for women and 2 milligrams for men. Remember, although there are potential benefits of taking vitamin B6 supplements, but a strong overdose of over 250 milligrams might cause nerve damage. Nutrition experts suggest a combine intake of other vitamin B and magnesium supplements along with vitamin B6 to avoid vitamin B6 overdose.

Effects of an Overdose of Vitamin D

fish oilVitamin D is required by the body in small quantities. The daily requirements of the body can be fulfilled by exposing the body to about 15 minutes of sunshine on alternate days. The Sun is the natural source of Vitamin D. This method of producing Vitamin D naturally is the best and does not lead to an overdose. Food sources too do not lead to Vitamin D overdose. It is however the supplements which are the main culprits in this case. The body has no mechanism to selectively shutdown the consumption of extra Vitamin D and this result in Vitamin D toxicity.

Excess Vitamin D accumulates in the fat cells leading to a disease called Vitaminosis. Vitamin D overdose is also responsible for a host of other problems. It increases the level of calcium in the blood, lungs, heart and kidney. This damages the organs beyond repair. It also causes nausea, loss of appetite and weight. Vitamin D overdose in pregnant mothers can cause retardation in babies. High blood pressure and heart diseases also result from it. Hence a proper doctor should be consulted before taking any Vitamin D supplements. The exact dose and the time period should be ascertained.

One can come to know about Vitamin D toxicity by observing the symptoms present in the person. He is very likely to suffer from bone loss and severe pain in the bones. He will feel very weak, nervous and irritable. He will never tire of drinking water and his skin will be very itchy. Headache and deafness are also noticed in most people. It is therefore pertinent to visit a doctor and lose no time in being treated. This is the best way to overcome Vitamin D overdose.