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.

Insight:

  • 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.

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