An Australian who overdosed on Vitamin B6 supplements loses the ability to walk; Know what all vitamin B6 toxi – Times Now

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A good amount of vitamin B6 is found naturally in a variety of meats, fruits, and vegetables

New Delhi: The 86-year-old Australian was reportedly taking 70 times the recommended daily dose of vitamin B6, usually not known to cause any serious side effects.
He was prescribed a 50-milligram supplement after his blood test revealed extreme deficiency earlier this year. The man started to lose any sensation in his legs gradually and was finally diagnosed with vitamin B6 toxicity after completely failing to walk.

According to health experts, the recommended daily dose of B6 is 1.7 milligrams for men over 50 and the man consumed much more along with breakfast cereals that are fortified with B6 resulting in him taking 70 times more than what he should have.

Why is vitamin B6 important?

Vitamin B6 or pyridoxine is a water-soluble vitamin that is found naturally in food. The enzymes present in B6 help in performing various bodily functions like a breakdown of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats and supporting the strength of the immune system. It is also very important for brain development and regulation.

Vitamin B6 plays a major role in preventing a lot of diseases and conditions, including pregnancy-induced nausea and dizziness, cardiovascular diseases, cancers, and cognitive functions.

A good amount of vitamin B6 is found naturally in a variety of meats, fruits, and vegetables, which include:

  • Tuna fish
  • Salmon and other fatty fish
  • Fortified cereals
  • Chickpeas
  • Eggs
  • Spinach and Kale
  • Bananas and oranges

What is vitamin B6 toxicity?

Even though the health experts feel that vitamin B6 toxicity is a rare phenomenon as the excess usually gets flushed out by the body through urine, extra amounts do get retained in the body and cause issues like neuropathy of legs and arms, and loss of control of body movements.

Usually, a mild deficiency of vitamin B6 does not cause any issue, however, many times the following can be exhibited:

  1. Anemia
  2. Skin issues including rashes and breakouts
  3. Depression and anxiety
  4. Compromised immunity
  5. Kidney issues
  6. Autoimmune diseases like Colitis

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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