Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) may help to address the following conditions:
acne
Vitamin B6 treatment is reported to help cases of premenstrual acne. Some research suggests that external application of the vitamin is most effective.
attention deficit disorder
Pyridoxine has been found helpful in treating a variety of mental and neurological disorders, including attention deficit disorder.
addiction
Nutrition educator Carlton Fredericks, Ph.D. recommended vitamin B6 in combination with vitamin C to help control cerebral (addictive) allergies. Fredericks's recommended dose was 500 to 1,000 mg doses of each vitamin.
hair
B vitamins, particularly B6, may help restore body and shine to your hair.
hair loss
Pregnant women or women on birth control may experience some hair loss. Increased intake of B-vitamins, particularly B6 and folate, often reverses the thinning.
allergies
A combination of vitamin B6 and vitamin C has helped to control cerebral allergy, according to Dr. Carleton Fredericks, Ph.D.
arthritis
Vitamin B6 facilitates zinc absorption, making it automatically helpful in cases of arthritis that are caused by zinc deficiency. Dr. John M. Ellis, M.D. reported that a combination of B6 and potassium enabled thousands of his arthritis-afflicted patients to resume productive work.
asthma
Vitamin B6 has been shown to significantly improve asthma symptoms without side effects when compared to placebo.
atherosclerosis
Monkeys fed a diet deficient in vitamin B6 developed atherosclerosis within two and one-half years. Deficiency in vitamin B6 promotes atherosclerosis in two known ways: (1) B6 deficiency weakens blood vessels, causing increased risk of accumulations of oxidized LDL cholesterol at weakened sites; and (2) B6 deficiency inhibits conversion of alpha-linolenic acid to EPA and DHA, fatty acids known to protect against atherosclerosis.
autism
At least 22 studies have found that vitamin B6 (typically combined with magnesium) benefits a significant percentage of autistic children.
heart attack
Vitamin B6 supplementation has been shown to improve marker levels associated with heart failure while raising the levels of antioxidant enzymes for which low levels are associated with heart failure.
brain fog
Vitamin B6 deficiency can result in mental confusion and depression.
breast cancer
An inverse relationship has been observed in postmenopausal women between breast cancer and levels of vitamin B6. A reason for the association is suggested by writings of the late Carlton Fredericks, Ph.D. Fredericks reported that vitamin B6 "stimulates production of progesterone, widely regarded as the 'antidote' for estrogen."
memory problems
Vitamin B6 deficiency can result in short-term memory loss, whereas higher levels of the vitamin are associated with higher memory test scores in the elderly. Vitamin B6, along with coenzyme Q10 and iron, may be helpful in treating Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.
candidiasis
Adequate levels of vitamin B6 help keep candida in its non-invasive form - but once the fungus is established, it interferes with the proper metabolism of vitamin B6. For the estimated two-thirds of candida sufferers with impaired B6 metabolism, supplementation with the active form of the vitamin, pyrodoxal-5-phosphate, can help get the body back on track.
morning sickness
High doses of vitamin B6 can be effective in relieving nausea and vomiting of pregnancy.
melanoma
Cancer is associated with low serum levels of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 used orally or, better, topically can aid in the treatment of malignant melanoma and other cancers.
cradle cap
Adding vitamin B-6 to a nursing mother's diet may help her infant's cradle cap, particularly when it is combined with increased intake of essential fatty acids.
depression
Vitamin B6 is particularly helpful in cases of premenstrual depression. A dietary deficiency can cause both depression and mental confusion.
diabetes
Vitamin B6 deficiency is associated with the development of diabetes in lab animals. In humans, taking vitamin B6 supplements helps stabilize blood sugar, and there is evidence that B6 also reduces the damage to tissue that results from high blood sugar.
heart failure
Congestive heart failure is associated with vitamin B6 deficiency. CHF is also associated with decreased levels of catalase, glutathione reductase, and superoxide dismutase, as well as elevated superoxide and lipid peroxidation markers. In a study of CHF patients, vitamin B6 supplementation improved all of these problems.
endometriosis
According to nutrition educator, Carleton Fredericks, Ph.D., vitamin B6 stimulates the production of progesterone, which can treat endometriosis by serving as an antagonist to estrogen.
epilepsy
Pyridoxine responsive epilepsy is a rare form of epilepsy that affects newborns and presents with multiple types of seizures that will respond to the administration of vitamin B6. Seizures usually occur within days after birth, but occasionally occur in utero.
pregnancy
Vitamin B6 helps to prevent both edema and toxemia in pregnancy. Pregnant women's need for vitamin B6 is greatly increased during pregnancy, and deficiency is common.
fibrocystic breast disease
A vitamin/mineral combination of magnesium, vitamin B6, and vitamin E have been recommended to treat fibrocystic breast disease, along with the smallest possible dose of progesterone to relieve symptoms.
cancer
In 1985, two patients treated with topical pyridoxal, a form of B6, saw 50% regression of metastatic melanoma lesions within just two weeks.
immune disorders
Vitamin B6 deficiency lowers immunity by shrinking the thymus gland and decreasing the response of white blood cells. A diet of refined foods and sugars is associated with vitamin B6 deficiency.
cardiovascular disease
Vitamin B6 is one of the trio of B-complex nutrients that eliminates homocysteine, an amino acid known to be associated with increased risk of stroke and heart disease. A Harvard study found 50% more heart attacks in men with the lowest levels of B-6, when compared to men with normal levels of the vitamin.
kidney problems
Supplements of vitamin B6 and magnesium reduced the formation of calcium oxalate kidney stones by 92% in one long-term, controlled study. Patients were given 300 mg of magnesium and 10 mg of pyrodoxine (B6) daily.
muscle cramps
Vitamin B6 can reduce night muscle spasms and leg cramps.
leg cramps
Vitamin B6 can reduce night muscle spasms and leg cramps.
menstruation
Vitamin B6 helps reduce premenstrual water retention and may even shorten the period of menstrual bleeding.
muscle conditions
Vitamin B6 can reduce night muscle spasms and leg cramps.
nausea
Severe B6 deficiency may result in repeated bouts of nausea (as well as warts and cold sores). Vitamin B6 is also known to help many cases of pregnancy related morning sickness.
nervous irritability
A deficiency in vitamin B6 can result in irritability, nervousness, and hypersensitivity to sounds.
nerve pain
Vitamin B6 is often effective against neuritis of the fingers, hands and arms - especially the form of ulnar neuritis known as carpal tunnel syndrome.
osteoarthritis
Vitamin B6 facilitates zinc absorption, making it automatically helpful in cases of arthritis that are caused by zinc deficiency. Dr. John M. Ellis, M.D. reported that a combination of B6 and potassium enabled thousands of his arthritis-afflicted patients to resume productive work.
premenstrual syndrome
Vitamin B6 stimulates production of progesterone and eliminates fluid retention, nervousness and anxiety in many women suffering from PMS.
schizophrenia
Vitamin B6 is necessary for the manufacture of prostaglandins, a deficiency of which can lead to schizophrenia-like symptoms.
convulsions
In humans, substances that deplete B6 can produce deficiency seizures.
skin disorders
Vitamin B6 has been used to treat acne and seborrheic dermatitis. Topical application has regressed lesions in some cases of malignant melanoma.
warts
Vitamin B6 deficiency can increase skin symptoms such as cold sores and warts.
leukemia
Vitamin B-6 deficiency is a risk factor for both adult and childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). B12 deficiency is thought to compromise DNA repair, leading to chromosome breaks associated with the disease.
alcoholism
Alcohol excess results in the destruction of vitamin B6, and is associated with low serum levels of the vitamin.
dry eyes, mouth
Lips that are cracked and scaled may indicate vitamin B6 deficiency. The condition is sometimes referred to as cheilosis.
metabolic problems
Vitamin B6 aids in the body's metabolism of amino acids and proteins.
tongue symptoms
A sore and inflamed tongue (glossitis) may indicate vitamin B6 deficiency. This deficiency may also result in the tongue disorder known as geographic tongue.
fatigue
Fatigue and sleepiness can result from vitamin B6 deficiency.
geographic tongue
A sore and inflamed tongue (glossitis) may indicate vitamin B6 deficiency. This deficiency may also result in the tongue disorder known as geographic tongue.
kidney stones
Supplements of vitamin B6 and magnesium reduced the formation of calcium oxalate kidney stones by 92% in one long-term, controlled study. Patients were given 300 mg of magnesium and 10 mg of pyrodoxine (B6) daily.
carpal tunnel syndrome
Vitamin B6 is among the major root causes of carpal tunnel syndrome. Supplementation with B6 can reduce the nerve inflammation and pain that characterize CTS. Additional supplementation with a vitamin B complex has been recommended to avoid an imbalance in B vitamins.
tardive dyskinesia
Vitamin B6 has been found helpful in treating the neurological disorder known as tardive dyskinesia. A double-blind corssover study showed significant improvement in symptoms among those receiving 300 milligrams of vitamin B6 per day. Symptoms returned when subjects stopped supplementing with the vitamin.
 

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