Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6

As many of you know I love B vitamins, although they can be tricky, here’s a couple of points about how B6 can be tricky and how to overcome them.

Benefits of B6

B6 can beneficial for inflammation, neurotransmitter function (brain hormones such as serotonin, tryptophan & melatonin), glutamate processing, heart disease, PMS, infertility, Alzheimer’s disease, migraine headaches, muscle cramps, arthritis, acne, OCD to name just a few. B6 is involved in over 100 reactions in the body. 

Just keep an eye on the following….

  • Increased irritability
  • Too much B6 for some can increase ammonia (which can increase rage/irritability.
  • B6 can aggravate clostridia if present and increase it’s growth. (Clostridia can cause rage/irritability as they increase ammonia). 
  • Too much B6 can antagonise copper, so could lead to a copper deficiency. 
  • Dr Waring talks about how too much B6 can cause possible PST enzyme issues and lead to salicylate (phenol) processing issues.
  • Long term B6 can cause issues such as reflux, headache, neck ache or nerve issues, but this generally occurs when we don’t have sufficient cofactors (see below) in place.

Please be aware these issues can occur after taking B6 for quite a while for some, so just when you think it’s being tolerated fine – it may not be.

A few example of other nutrients needed for B6:

  • Lack of absorbable magnesium – magnesium is needed to help absorb b6 (various different forms of magnesium can be good). 
  • Vitamin B2 (posted previously on this) – we absolutely need sufficient B2 to be able to ensure B6 is usable.
  • We need sufficient vitamin B3 on board. 
  • B6 isn’t always used properly if there is a lysine deficiency.
  • Zinc

There are more cofactors, but these are some of the main ones. 

I don’t want to put you off B6, I do like it and use it, but just go with caution and ensure that you’re on a fully balanced nutritional program, especially if taking a high dose on a long term basis.