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    Everything You Need To Know About Vitamin B6

    What B6 does:
    Vitamin B6 is important for the brain and nerves to function normally. It also helps the body break down proteins and make red blood cells.

    How much people need:
    Teen guys need 1.3 mg of vitamin B6 daily and teen girls need 1.2 mg. others say that guys need 3 mg and girls need 2 mg.

    Where it is found:
    potatoes, bananas, beans, seeds, nuts, red meat, poultry, brewer's yeast, eggs, chicken, carrots, fish, liver, kidneys, peas, wheat germ, walnuts, fish, eggs, spinach, and fortified cereals. dang, all the foods I hate...except cereals and chicken, and man, don’t eat the wheat germ.

    Deficiency of vitamin B6:
    Irritability, nervousness and insomnia as well as general weakness, skin changes such as dermatitis and acne as well asthma and allergies might develop when pyridoxine is in short supply. Symptoms may include nails that are ridged, an inflamed tongue as well as changes to your bones - which can include osteoporosis and arthritis. Kidney stones may also appear. Vitamin B6 deficiency symptoms will be very much like those of B2 and B3. Vitamin B6 is needed by the body to manufacture its own B3 vitamin.

    Toxicity and symptoms of high intake:
    Supplementation should be controlled as extreme dosage, such as in excess of 2,000 mg per day, may cause neurological damage. People on medication for Parkinson's disease should be careful about taking Vitamin B6 as it can inactivate levo-dopa. People taking pyridoxine late at night sometimes experience very vivid dreams. in other words, DONT TAKE MORE THAN 1000 MG!! if you aren’t taking pills then don’t worry about this

    Other interesting points:
    Exercising may aid the production of the active form of vitamin B6. B6 can be found at the drug store

    Vitamin B6 is contraindicated in patients with a history of hypersensitivity to it. It should be used with caution in patients taking levodopa, phenytoin, and Phenobarbital as it reduces the serum concentrations of these drugs.

    Adverse Reactions:
    The most common adverse reactions to vitamin B6 are centered in the nervous system. Peripheral neuropathy, with loss of sensation in the hands and feet, may occur, along with permanent nerve damage. Ataxia, somnolence, and disturbance of gait are also seen. The likelihood of these adverse effects is increased by high doses similar to the commonly used 200 mg/day.

    Paul Gyorgy discovered in 1934.

    A quote from some medical book...
    Alternative names * *Return to top *

    Pyridoxine; Deficiency - vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) *
    Definition * *Return to top *

    Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin and is part of the vitamin B complex. *
    Function * *Return to top *

    Vitamin B6 plays a role in the synthesis of antibodies by the immune system, which is needed to fight many diseases. It helps maintain normal nerve function and also acts in the formation of red blood cells. Vitamin B6 is also required for the chemical reactions needed to digest proteins. The higher the protein intake, the more the need for vitamin B6.

    Food Sources * *Return to top *

    Vitamin B6 is found in beans, nuts, legumes, eggs, meats, fish, whole grains, and fortified breads and cereals. *
    Side Effects * *Return to top *

    Large doses of vitamin B6 can cause neurological disorders and numbness. Deficiency of this vitamin can cause mouth and tongue sores, irritability, confusion, and depression. (Vitamin B6 deficiency is not common in the United States.) *
    Recommendations * *Return to top *

    The average diet supplies adequate quantities of vitamin B6. *
    A quote from BitterSeason that quoted something
    I did not write this and I don't remember where I found it, but here you go. I have been taking 50 mg of B-6, 500 mcg of B-12, 250 mg of B-1, and a multi-vitamin every day for weeks. They do help. B-6 can cause nerve damage if you take too much. Here are 2 good sites also: *

    http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/cc/vitb6.html *
    http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/cc/vitb12.html *

    \"Do substances like drugs, herbs and foods affect our dreams? *
    Yes. During REM protein-synthesis is highly active, so your body needs high levels of amino acids. The neurotransmitter in use during REM is Acetylcholine. It is made from the B-vitamin Choline and the vitamin B-5. *

    But there are more vitamins that can make us dream more. The body can synthesis the B-vitamin Choline. But in order to do that it needs vitamin B-12, Folic acid (B-9), the amino acids Methionine and Serine. Vitamins B-12 plays a role in the activation of amino acids during *
    protein formation. It has also the ability to increase the production of Acetylcholine and normalize neurotransmissions in the brain. *

    Vitamin B-6 is another important vitamin. It is a co-enzyme, which participates in over 60 enzymatic reactions involved in the metabolism of amino acids. It is involved in the production of several body proteins and neurotransmitters. It is particularly indispensable to the action of amino acid neurotransmitters, like Serotonin, Dopamine, Melatonin, and Norepinephrine, which effect brain function. It is also involved in the metabolism of Selenium, Calcium, and Magnesium. *

    Melatonin is a neurotransmitter/hormone that is only active during sleep. It is being metabolized when you fall asleep from Serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is being metabolized from the amino acid Tryptophan. Melatonin increases non-REM sleep and makes it easier for you to fall asleep. But it has also an interesting rebound effect that gives more frequent and vivid dreams. The vividness might even give you a lucid dream. *

    The amino acid Tryptophan can be metabolized into Serotonin and Niacin (B-3). Vitamin B-6 promotes this conversion. Taking Niacin or Nicotine patches will increase the Serotonin production. The more Niacin you take, the more Serotonin is produced and more Melatonin is *
    metabolized. Calcium and Magnesium promotes Serotonin production as well. Zinc is in every cell of the body and is a part of over 200 enzymes, so Zinc supplements may increase REM-sleep, too. *

    DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol) is a very important B-vitamin. It flows easily through the brain's blood barrier, where it is converted into Choline. During REM, Choline is added the coenzyme A (Vitamin B-5), and we have Acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter in use during REM. *
    5-HTP (5-Hydroxy-TryptoPhan) is a Serotonin precursor that also flows quite easy through the brain's blood barrier. It is a good alternative to Melatonin. *

    Vitamin C helps metabolizing several amino acids and hormones. It is also important to have adequate levels of amino acids. A few important ones are Phenylalanine, Tyrosine, Methionine, Cysteine, Serine and Tryptophan. *

    Using Tobacco, Alcohol or Coffee prohibits the absorption of necessary vitamins and amino acids. Depressants suppress REM sleep, one is Alcohol, but taken in right doses can create a rebound effect so that you wake up remembering many vivid dreams. And anti-depressants may *
    increase dream recall. Caffeine will make you sleep lighter, will increase your dream recall and maybe even give you a lucid dream. \"
    I also recommend a post howie wrote, called "the pharmacy" it has a collection of DV posts on melatonin, B6 and herbs ect.
    Disclaimer: The views expressed in this tutorial are solely those of the author, and not necessarily those of Dreamviews. Please remember to consult your doctor before beginning any type of vitamin or supplement regimen.

    Created by , 08-23-2004 at 06:25 PM
    Last edited by , 09-21-2010 at 10:54 PM
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