6/27/12 – FROM THE DESK OF Dr. Hildy™ – Vitamin B-6

FROM THE DESK OF Dr. Hildy™                            VITAMIN B6

By Dr. Hildegarde Staninger, RIET-1        Series 1:  Vitamins & Minerals

© May 26, 2012

Vitamin B-6 Sources

(Vitamin B6 is available from the consumption of liver, kidney, heart, corn oil, brewer’s yeast, honey, egg yolk, cabbage, whole grain cereals, whole grain breads and fish.)

with Dr. Hildegarde Staninger

LISTEN TO HOUR 2 – Dr. Hildy and Shoshanna discuss B-VITAMINS and specifically Vitamin B-6  and then Vitamin B-12

~~~ Archived here for your listening convenience~~~

An important factor in the prevention of tooth decay is Vitamin B6.  This vitamin, also known as pyridoxine, has a soothing or sedative effect on the nerves and so it is of great value to people who wish to avoid nervousness.   This vitamin is of great value in maintaining the tone of the muscles, and of course the heart is a muscle and is immediately affected by a deficiency in this vitamin.  It is also of value in maintaining a normal blood count with an ample supply of hemoglobin, the coloring substance of the red blood corpuscles.In experiments with animals, it has been learned that Vitamin B6 is important for proper functioning of the pancreas.  If the pancreas sustains damage so that it cannot produce insulin, the hormone necessary for conversion of sugar (glucose) into energy, diabetes may be the result.

A deficiency in pyridoxine may result in an excessively oily skin, dizziness, tension, insomnia, fatigue, irritability, nervousness, stiffness of the legs, palsy or trembling of limbs, known as Parkinson’s disease, swollen, red and sore skin, drooping shoulders and backs, a shuffling walk instead of normal walking and, in the case of pregnant women, dizziness, morning sickness and nausea.  Travelers are more apt to suffer
from car, train, sea and plane sickness when this vitamin is in short supply.  The tongue and the area under the tongue may develop ulcers and lesions may develop in the throat and around the mouth.  Experiments indicate that there is apt to be retarded growth, depressed appetite and poor utilization of food that is ingested.    The final result of the deficiency is death, preceded by convulsions.  The sedative effect of this vitamin upon the nerves has prompted its use in epilepsy cases and there have been some favorable responses in cases of muscular dystrophy.  Some investigators have reported that a deficiency of this vitamin may cause a rash or dermatitis in the vagina, with swelling, itching, bleeding and inflammation.  Where a deficiency causes skin diseases and deterioration of the mucous membrane linings within the internal parts of the body, it is safe to assume that diarrhea; inflammation of the intestines and especially of the colon (colitis) may be due in part at least to a deficiency in Vitamin B6.It should be noted, incidentally, that the body needs magnesium in order to utilize Vitamin B6, and although an individual’s diet may be sufficient for the vitamin, the lack of magnesium may render the taking of the vitamin useless.

Among other symptoms of Vitamin B6 deficiency are vomiting, gas in stomach and intestines, eczema, respiratory infections and anemia.  There is dancer that individuals suffering form anemia may be given large doses of iron without consideration for the need of vitamin B6 to maintain the normal blood count. Excessive iron supplies may damage the tissue and unless accompanied by adequate amounts of Vitamin B6 death may result.

The absence of this vitamin may also cause severe atherosclerosis, with the arteries in the heart, pancreas, kidneys, abdomen, limbs, muscles, and all tissues becoming clogged with fatty deposits.  When the pancreas cannot function well, its ability to supply insulin for the control of carbohydrates is damaged and a lack of insulin is the immediate cause of diabetes mellitus.

The loss of hair may also be the result of deficiency of this vitamin.  Another reported condition resulting from this deficiency is hemorrhoids, usually correlated rather quickly when this vitamin is restored to the diet.  For some reason, pregnant women are often deficient in the supply of this vitamin and often suffer form bleeding in the area of the anus.

Vitamin B6 is available from the consumption of liver, kidney, heart, corn oil, brewer’s yeast, honey, egg yolk, cabbage, whole grain cereals, whole grain breads and fish.


1)    Kadans, Ph.D., Joseph M.  Encyclopedia of Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts and Seeds for Healthful Living.  Parker Publishing Company, Inc. New York, New York © 1973

2)    Haas, MD, Elson M. and buck Levin, Ph.D., RD.  Staying Healthy with Nutrition:  The Complete Guide to Diet and Nutritional Medicine.  Celestial Arts.  Berkley, CA © 2006

Vitamin B-6* – Images Courtesy of:  ADAM

Recommended: Vitamins B-6, B-12 and Folic Acid (I add amino acids)
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Vitamin B6 and B12 Levels Linked To Mental Function, Depression

When participants were classified by median levels of serum methionine and B(6), having above-median levels of both was associated with a lower lung cancer risk overall (OR, 0.41; 95% CI, 0.31-0.54), as well as separately among never (OR, 0.36; 95% CI, 0.18-0.72), former (OR, 0.51; 95% CI, 0.34-0.76), and current smokers (OR, 0.42; 95% CI, 0.27-0.65). CONCLUSION: Serum levels of vitamin B(6) and methionine were inversely associated with risk of lung cancer.
Serum B vitamin levels and risk of lung cancer. [JAMA. 2010] – PubMed result

**The information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information is not intended to replace medical care, diagnose, treat, prevent, mitigate or cure disease. We believe in the individual’s informed right to choose their own health care methods. As always, consult with a health professional before attempting any self-health program.

Posted on June 27, 2012, in Folic Acid, Niacin - Vitamin B-3, SERIES 1 - VITAMINS and MINERALS, Uncategorized, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin B-6. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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