Daily OTC Pearl: Vitamin B-6
People with kidney disease or conditions that prevent the small intestine from absorbing nutrients from foods are more likely to be vitamin B-6 deficient.
OTC/Lifestyle Pearl of the Day: Vitamin B-6
Indication: Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine) is important for normal brain development and for keeping the nervous system and immune system healthy.
- Food sources of vitamin B-6 include poultry, fish, potatoes, chickpeas, bananas, and fortified cereals.
- Vitamin B-6 can also be taken as a supplement, typically as an oral capsule, tablet, or liquid.
- People with kidney disease or conditions that prevent the small intestine from absorbing nutrients from foods (malabsorption syndromes) are more likely to be vitamin B-6 deficient.
- A vitamin B-6 deficiency is usually coupled with deficiency in other B vitamins, such as folic acid (vitamin B-9) and vitamin B-12.
- Interactions may include with altretamine, barbiturates, anticonvulsants, and levodopa.
- Recommended daily allowance: The recommended daily amount of vitamin B-6 for adults 50 years of age and younger is 1.3 milligrams. After age 50, the recommended daily amount is 1.5 milligrams for women and 1.7 milligrams for men.