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FOOD SUPPLEMENTS: THEIR EFFECTS ON THE BODY
Version  6.02
(c) Copyright 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003 by  George M Lucich
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B-6  PYRIDOXINE   200 mg maximum in divided doses  

Reported to relieve premenstrual and depressive symptoms. (British Medical Journal
Newsweek
12-6-99.)  Administration of B-6 to epileptics must be strictly monitored as it can interfere with anticonvulsantsRiboflavin and magnesium required for converting pyridoxine to
pyridoxal-5-phosphate
.  Oral supplements of pyridoxal-5-phosphate are poorly absorbed. (27) Enhances the utilization of zinc and magnesium.  Involved in protein, fat and sugar
metabolism
, brain functioning, nervous and immune systems and will reduce allergies when combined with B1 and B2.  Prevents platelet clumping, calcium deposits, kidney stones, and
gallstones.  Required for the metabolism of monosodium glutamate. B-6 is a co-factor in the
enzyme
for cross-linking of collagen strands which increase the strength of connective tissue and bones. (27)  It is also a co-factor for the conversion of amino acids tryptophan to
serotonin
and phenylalanine to norepinephrine, two neurotransmitters.  Deficiency may result in carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoporosis and is a causative factor in asthma, arthritis, anemia,
seborrheic dermatitis
, glossitis, night leg cramps, arterial plaques and hand numbness.
Homocysteinia is caused by deficiency of pyridoxine, cobalamin, and folate.  Deficiency common in heavy drinkers and users of oral contraceptives. (17, 27)  Sources are brewer's
yeast
, wheat bran, wheat germ, liver, cantaloupe, cabbage, blackstrap molasses, milk, eggs, and beef.  See folic acid.



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You are advised to consult a knowledgeable physician before using any of the nutrients listed herein.  See note 10 for information on obtaining a list of this rare breed of medical doctors.