Do You Have a B6 Deficiency?

By Sara Butler

Vitamin B6 is one of the vitamins in the B complex group, of which there are only eight. Most people in the world get enough of this vitamin in their normal diet, but being deficient in any other of the B Vitamins, such as B12 and folate, makes you more likely to be deficient in B6. Here are some signs that can help you determine if you're lacking enough of this vital vitamin.

Who’s at Risk?

As previously stated, most people get enough Vitamin B6 in their normal diets. The people who should be concerned whether they are getting enough include:

  • Anyone with digestive problems
  • Anyone with autoimmune disorders
  • Alcoholics
  • Pregnant women
  • Anyone who is obese
  • Smokers

Vitamin B6 helps your body to process the carbohydrates, fat, and protein you eat and is also closely linked with the normal functioning of your immune system and central nervous system. It may even play a role in helping you to avoid chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease with its strong antioxidant properties.

Signs of a Deficiency

If you have any of these symptoms, then you need to meet with a medical professional to determine if you have a Vitamin B6 deficiency:

  • Skin rashes – You may experience an itchy red rash known as seborrheic dermatitis. It can manifest on your face, upper chest, scalp, and neck.
  • Sore, cracked lips – Cracks in the corners of your mouth along with soreness can indicate a deficiency of B6.
  • Glossy, sore tongue – A swollen, inflamed, reddened, smooth, or sore tongue may be an indication of a deficiency. This can result in problems with chewing, talking, and swallowing.
  • Changes in mood – B6 is an important part of the creation of neurotransmitters in your brain. If you don’t have enough you may notice increased irritability, anxiety, increased pain, and depression.
  • Weakened immune system – Not getting enough B6 hinders the creation of white blood cells, antibodies, and other things your immune system must produce to fight off infections and disease.
  • Low energy – B6 is essential to the creation of red blood cells, cells your body uses to transport oxygen to every cell. Not having enough red blood cells can zap your energy and make you feel very tired.

For more information about B6 and what you can do to ensure you’re getting enough, talk to the chiropractors at The Joint today!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Durham, N.C.

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