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The Forgotten B Vitamin… B6

Do you remember your dreams? Do you remember them vividly? Dr. Carl Pfeiffer in his classic work, 'Mental and Elemental Nutrients"suggests that one of the biggest indicators of B6 deficiency is an inability to remember dreams.

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Vitamin B6 -

If you have a history of taking birth control pills, hormone replacement or antibiotics or you have been on diuretics or bronchodilators or you are with a diet high in refined carbohydrates, then there is a good chance you have we called a functional deficiency of B6.

B6 is an important co-enzyme for many of the intermediate steps in metabolism for many of the amino acids. Histamine, dopamine, serotonin, adrenalin, hemoglobin and GABA are just a few of the hormones and neurotransmitters that are dependent on B6. B6 is also a key link in the utilization of EFAs, particularly the conversion of ALA to EPA and DHA.

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You can see by the names of these key regulators that a vitamin B6 deficiency could be the underlying factor for many conditions, including:
  • Seizures
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Mental Retardation
  • Anemia
  • Pain & Inflammation
  • Numbness
  • Heberden's Nodules
  • Trigger Finger
  • Joint Stiffness
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Sensitivity to Bright Lights
  • tingling of extremities
  • sore tongue depression
  • hypochlorhydria
  • fissures/cracks in the tongue
  • burning sensation in the mouth
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Vitamin B6 also prevents the formation of homocysteine. Increased homocysteine is a classic risk factor for heart diseases but also acts as a marker for inflammation.

What are the best forms B6 comes in?

- The form of pyridoxine HCL. However, it must be converted by the liver to pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P-5-P) before it can be used. Fortunately both are available in supplemental form.

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