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Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin that helps the body create antibodies and hemoglobin while also helping it to break down proteins. Your body cannot store this vitamin, so taking a supplement or obtaining through diet is the only way to utilize it. Some of those foods include bananas, avocados, nuts, whole grains and meat. (via MedLine Plus)


Vitamin B6 also helps maintain a healthy nervous system by supporting adrenal function. Some people like to use it to treat carpal tunnel syndrome and even PMS. 

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If the body does not have access to enough B6, certain symptoms may appear like cracked lips, inflamed tongue, confusion, depression, insomnia and irritability. Too much B6 can cause numbness, especially in the hands and feet, sensory changes and coordination problems.

Pregnant women experiencing morning sickness have tried taking B6 a couple times a day to curb the nausea. Click here for more vitamins and supplements you can take while pregnant.

The recommended dosage for Vitamin B6 is slightly different for everyone. You should be get plenty through your diet, but if you’re looking to address a specific issue, you can take the supplement. Because of adverse effects following an overdose of Vitamin B6, be sure to ask your doctor what the appropriate amount is for you. It will likely range between 100 to 200 milligrams daily.