Vitamin B6 - Learn About Vitamins & Minerals
B6 is a vitamin that can be dissolved in water. It is one of
the B-complex vitamins.
What food source is the nutrient found in?
Vitamin B6 is found in legumes such as:
- whole grains
- fortified breads and cereals.
How does the nutrient affect the body?
Vitamin B6 helps the body:
- build protein
- make antibodies, which are key to a strong immune system
- make hormones
- make red blood cells and keep nerve tissue healthy
- process and digest protein
The Recommended Dietary Allowance, called RDA, for vitamin B6 for
men is 2 milligrams (mcg) per day; for women, it's 1.6 mcg per day.
People who eat a well-balanced diet should get enough vitamin B6.
Most people do not need to take supplements. Someone with a vitamin
B6 deficiency can suffer from:
- mouth sores
- convulsions, which are sudden, uncontrollable muscle spasms
A person can get too much vitamin B6. This only happens when high
doses, more than 50 to 500 times the RDA, are taken over months
or years. This can cause temporary or permanent nerve damage.
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