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What is vitamin B6 used for?

Vitamin B6 helps maintain nerve function, healthy skin and contributes to the production of red blood cells and antibodies. It also helps the body process proteins, carbohydrates, amino acids and fats. Supplements may be taken if you have a deficiency of vitamin B6. It is also used to treat some seizures in infants and certain types of anemia. Vitamin B6 may also reduce the levels of homocysteine in blood, which may be linked to heart disease. Sometimes vitamin B6 is prescribed in high doses to help treat ailments like carpal tunnel syndrome, nerve problems or premenstrual symptoms; however, research so far has not definitively shown that larger doses of vitamin B6 improve these ailments.

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