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Vitamin B6: RDA & Dosages
The RDA for Vitamin B6 is two milligrams, and a tiny bit higher for pregnancy and lactation. Many nutritionally oriented practitioners consider 25-50 milligrams of B6 the lower end of the therapeutic range, though amounts as high as 100-200 milligrams daily have been used safely, even over long periods. There are very few reliable reports of adverse side effects or drug interactions even at these higher dosages.
PMS Comfort Herbal contains 25 milligrams of vitamin B6 (two capsules per day). This is a low, conservative dose for maximal benefit with minimal chance of any side effects.
So it’s not surprising that vitamin B6 is one of the truly effective natural treatments for PMS—which is why it’s the only vitamin in our PMS Comfort Herbal. Vitamin B6 is one of the earliest recognized treatments for PMS, with one scientific study from 70 years ago proving its effectiveness, and many others from 30 or 40 years ago having further established the value of B6 as the "woman’s B vitamin."
Interestingly, vitamin B6 appears to work best when combined with magnesium, another crucial nutrient for premenstrual health. Vitamin B6 also has important relationships with the B vitamins folate, thiamine (B1), and riboflavin (B2.) That, and the fact that magnesium is complementary to calcium, really gives a neat perspective on why nutrition should be holistic; on why looking at nutrients in isolation often yields disappointing results; and on why a complete nutritional approach to premenstrual symptoms is wise.
Vitamin B6 is for more than just PMS; it has many other applications in women’s health and in nutrition in general. It is an effective treatment in many cases of nausea of pregnancy. It has been used successfully in toxemia of pregnancy, as well. It is also sometimes effective in depression, and has been used to treat some types of asthma, as well. Vitamin B6 may also be depleted by hormonal contraceptives, which is ironic given that they are both used for PMS and PMDD.
Other sources of lesser amounts include most fish, sunflower seeds, soybeans and chickpeas, potato and sweet potato, and poultry dark meat.
Several other drugs and environmental pollutants interfere with vitamin B6 metabolism, and are thought to be able to induce a deficiency or increase the requirement for B6. Many of these chemicals are widely pervasive in the environment or are present in just about everyone’s body. The list of chemicals and compounds used in food and industrial processing that effect Vitamin B6 status is long and complicated. It is simpler, and still safe and accurate, to conclude that if you have premenstrual symptoms, you have an increased vitamin B6 requirement, and very likely one that isn’t being met by your current intake.
Vitamin B6 is one of the simplest and least expensive ways to address premenstrual suffering. With just one pill per day taken with a meal (or two if you take the PMS Comfort herbal supplement), you have a solution that’s been demonstrated in study after study to be effective. Of course, since no one solution works equally well for everyone we believe in a more broad-based approach that utilizes a wide range of proven natural approaches. However, if you’d prefer to just "dip your toe in the water" of natural treatments, Vitamin B6 is a good place to start.
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