Last week we wrote about the essential role of vitamin B2 in helping the other b vitamins perform their vital functions. Among those other vitamins is B6, which is one of the most essential vitamins for nerve health and is important for anyone suffering from painful nerve related health problems such as Neuropathy.
What Are The Benefits of Vitamin B6?
Vitamin B6 performs a variety of functions that are essential for your health. According to Dee Sandquist, MS, RD, CD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, “It is important for cardiovascular, digestive, immune, muscular, and nervous system function.”
Of these many benefits, the most relevant for Neuropathy patients is vitamin B6’s positive affect on nerve health. Vitamin B6 boosts the health of nerves and is essential in maintaining a properly functioning nervous system. A deficiency in vitamin B6 can put a strain on the nervous system and result in nerve damage.
How Does It Work?
Vitamin B6 maintains the health of your nerves by assisting in the production five different neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters carry important electrical signals from one cell to another. One of the key neurotransmitters impacted by vitamin B6 is serotonin. This neurotransmitter helps regulate mood, sleep and appetite – all of which are important for your overall health.
How Much Should I Take?
Too much of a good thing can be a bad and such is the case with vitamin B6. Taking large doses (in excess of 100mg/day for adults) of vitamin B6 for an extended period of time (usually a year or more) can actually have an adverse effect on your nerves. Make sure you’re getting at least the recommended dietary intake of 1.3 mg per day. We recommend around 4-8mg per day for adults.
If you’re looking for ways to give your nervous system the support it needs to function its finest, vitamin B6 is essential. If your diet isn’t providing you with the necessary amounts, you should make sure to obtain it through supplemental sources, such as our effective Neuropathy Support Formula. Your nerves will thank you.