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Why Do I Need Vitamin B6?

Vitamin B6 is key to emotional energy, among other vital functions.

Hi, Dr. Jim here for Be Healthy! Be Happy! talking with you today about all important vitamin B6. This really is an essential vitamin. Vitamin B6 is important for immune function, nervous system function, red blood cell formation, hormone production and for building substances key to driving emotional energy.

Persons with deficiency in vitamin B6 are vulnerable to infection. They may have anemia. They may have irritability, depression, and anxiety. And most importantly, they may lack emotional energy due to deficiencies in serotonin and tryptophan, which are critical to the emotional energy pathway. Finally, vitamin B6 deficient individuals may have alterations in testosterone and estrogen production.

Foods rich in vitamin B6 include fortified cereals, potatoes, and avocados.

The recommended daily allowance for vitamin B6 is 1.5 to 1.7 mg per day. Supplements generally contain about 2 mg per caplet.

In general, you need not worry about toxicity with vitamin B6, because it is not a fat-soluble vitamin. The upper tolerable daily limit is 100mg; an amount nearly impossible to exceed in a normal diet.

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Reference: Linus Pauling Micronutrient Institute Oregon State University. Available at: https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/vitamins/vitamin-B6