What should I know before taking vitamin B6?

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Before taking any dietary supplement a clear case for supplementation should exist. Is your diet inadequate in folate? Look at your intake of fortified foods, green leafy vegetables and liver. These are all significant sources of folate. Also, if you are experiencing a growth phase (adolescence, pregnancy), then folate needs are higher. If lab tests have shown your folate status is suboptimal, then supplementation would be advisable. Since it is a water-soluble vitamin, it must be ingested on a daily basis. If your diet is low due to lack of higher folate sources or calories are restricted for weight loss, you may not be getting adequate folate intake. Supplementing would be a wise alternative in these cases.
Taking too much vitamin B6 can be unsafe and cause serious health problems. Do not take more than the recommended dosage of vitamin B6 without consulting your doctor. Taking too much vitamin B6 can cause numbness or pain in the extremities, problems walking or other neurological issues. It can cause breathing problems in infants. Generally, vitamin B6 can be taken during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, but as with any other medication or supplement, you should always consult your doctor first.

Vitamin B6 in an amount greater than 100 mg/day can be toxic to the peripheral nerves and cause permanent numbness in the hands and feet and gait unsteadiness.

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