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10 Signs That You May Have A Vitamin B6 Deficiency

By Andrew Alpin, 14 October

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Vitamin B6, also called pyridoxine, is one of the B complex group of eight vitamins. Scientists are still learning new things about it, even though it was found in 1932. Most people get enough B6 from what they eat, but if you're low on other B complex vitamins like folate and B12, you're more likely to be low on B6 as well. Vitamin B6 deficiency is more common in people with liver, kidney, digestive, autoimmune, or digestive diseases, as well as in smokers, obese people, alcoholics, and pregnant women.

B6 is an important part of more than 150 enzyme reactions in your body. These help your body use the protein, carbs, and fat you eat. B6 also has a lot to do with how your nervous and immune systems work. In addition, B6 is a good antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory. This means it might help prevent long-term diseases like heart disease and cancer.

1 Sore and inflamed tongue

If you don't get enough B6, your tongue might get swollen, sore, smooth, red, or inflamed. The name for this condition is glossitis. The loss of papillae- the bumps on your tongue make the tongue's surface smooth and glossy. Glossitis can make it hard to chew, swallow, or talk. However, it can be treated by increasing your intake of B6 if a vitamin B6 deficiency is the only cause. This condition can also be caused by not getting enough of other nutrients, like folate and B12. Then, glossitis may need to be cured by getting enough of all of these vitamins.

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2 Rashes

When you don't get enough B6, the signs will appear on your skin. Insufficient vitamin B6 levels change the chemicals in your body. Most of the time, this causes a rash called seborrheic dermatitis, which is scaly and itchy and usually appears on the face. The rash may show up more and more as time goes on. But if you have a slight shortage of vitamin B6 rash, these signs might not show up for months or even years.

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3 Low energy levels

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Suppose you have a vitamin B6 deficiency, which doesn't happen often. In that case, you can get anemia, which means you don't have enough red blood cells. As a result, you'll feel tired and weak often. Not having enough iron in your body can cause anemia. Still, it can also be caused by not getting enough B12 or folate.

Seniors might not get enough B6 if they don't eat enough or if their bodies don't absorb nutrients as well as they used to. Possible causes include kidney disease and other conditions that stop your small intestine from absorbing nutrients. You might also not have enough B6 if you take certain prescription drugs or if you drink too much alcohol.

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