Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for May 24, 2006


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Here comes the sun…

I take my regular dosage of vitamins but this time without B2 and have my usual breakfast. I start the day by doing some yard work outside and it’s a great bright sunny day and not a single cloud in the sky. After a couple of hours being outside, I realize that my eyes aren’t itchy like they have usually been and in fact, my eyes don’t seem to be as sensitive to light anymore. I walk around in the bright sun looking at the sky and there is definitely a difference.

I ask Doctor Google about the effects of B6:

What is the function of vitamin B6?

Much of the body’s chemistry depends upon enzymes. Enzymes are proteins that help chemical reactions take place. Because vitamin B6 is involved with more than 100 enzymatic reactions, its function in the body is diverse and far-reaching.

Support of nervous system activity

The role of vitamin B6 in our nervous system is very broad, and involves many aspects of neurological activity. One aspect focuses on the creation of an important group of messaging molecules called amines. The nervous system relies on formation of these molecules for transmission of messages from one nerve to the next. (The molecules can be classified as “neurotransmitters” for this reason.) Amines are one type of neurotransmitter in the nervous system. They are often made from parts of protein called amino acids, and the key nutrient for making this process happen is vitamin B6. Some of the amine-derived neurotransmitters that require vitamin B6 for their production include serotonin, melatonin, epinephrine, norepinephrine, and GABA.

Deficiency symptoms for vitamin B6

The key role of vitamin B6 in the nervous system also results in many nerve-related symptoms when B6 is deficient. These symptoms can include convulsions and seizures in the case of severe deficiency. The critical role of vitamin B6 in the formation of red blood cells means that B6 deficiency can also result in symptoms of anemia, malaise, and fatigue. When anemia is exclusively related to B6 deficiency, it is usually classified as hypochromic, microcytic (pernicious) anemia.

Nutrient Interactions

How do other nutrients interact with vitamin B6? As a member of the B vitamin family, B6 has key interactions with many of its family members. B6 is essential for making vitamin B3 (niacin) from the amino acid tryptophan. In Down’s syndrome, for example, some of the problems related to vitamin B3 deficiency appear to be lessened by intake of vitamin B6. Vitamins B2 and B3 are both needed to convert vitamin B6 into its various chemical forms, and imbalances in vitamin B1 metabolism create imbalances in vitamin B6 metabolism. B6 deficiency can also reduce the body’s absorption of vitamin B12.

Could I have a deficiency in B6 AND B12? I do another search on the effects of B12:

What is the function of vitamin B-12?

Forming red blood cells

Perhaps the most well-known function of B-12 involves its role in the development of red blood cells. As red blood cells mature, they require information provided by molecules of DNA. (DNA, or deoxyribose nucleic acid, is the substance in the nucleus of our cells which contains genetic information.) Without B-12, synthesis of DNA becomes defective, and so does the information needed for red blood cell formation. The cells become oversized and poorly shaped, and begin to function ineffectively, a condition called pernicious anemia. More often than not, pernicious anemia isn’t caused by a lack of B-12 itself, but by a lack of intrinsic factor — the stomach-made protein required for the absorption of B-12.

Developing nerve cells

A second major function of B-12, less clearly understood than the first, involves its participation in the development of nerve cells. A coating which encloses the nerves — called the myelin sheath — forms less successfully whenever B-12 is deficient. Although the vitamin plays an indirect role in this process, supplementation of B-12 has been shown to be effective in relieving pain and other symptoms in a variety of nervous system disorders.

What factors might contribute to a deficiency of B-12?

Stomach problems can contribute to a B-12 deficiency in two ways.

First, irritation and inflammation of the stomach can prevent the stomach cells from functioning properly. When functioning improperly, the cells may stop producing a substance required for B-12 absorption called intrinsic factor (IF). Without IF, B-12 cannot be absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract into the body’s cells.

A second way for stomach problems to create B-12 deficiency is through inadequate secretion of stomach acids. Lack of stomach acids (a condition called called hypochlorhydria) gets in the way of B-12 absorption since most B-12 in food is attached to proteins in the food, and stomach acids are necessary to release the B-12 from these proteins.

The above stomach problems that can contribute to B-12 deficiency have a wide variety of causes. These causes include abuse of over-the-counter antacids, abuse of prescription medicines used to control stomach acidity, and stomach ulcers (also called gastric ulcers), which may themselves be due to infection with the bacteria, helicobacter pylori.

Stomach problems can create B-12 deficiency through inadequate secretion of stomach acids. That’s exactly what I had!! Niacin seems to have fixed my symptoms of low stomach acids but what about the twelve months I had low stomach acid? Do I have a B-12 deficiency as well? B6 is involved with more than 100 enzymatic reactions and I know I’m low on enzymes. I ‘m still talking an enzyme supplement with every meal.

I check for the daily doses of B6 and B12.

  • RDA for vitamin B6 = Males 14-50 years: 1.3 mg
  • RDA for vitamin B12 = Males 14 years and older: 2.4 mcg
  • My multivitamin dosage: B6 = 10 mg & B12 = 15 mcg

I take a look at the B complex that the naturalpath gave me back on January 14th and the two vitamins with the highest dosage are B6 & B12.

  • B1 = 50 mg
  • B2 = 25 mg
  • B3 = 80 mg
  • B5 = 50 mg
  • B6 = 250 mg
  • B12 = 100 mcg

Her instructions back then were to take it twice a day! I stopped taking the B6 complex pills because I had a weird chest pain whenever I took them. Let ‘s see what it does this time. I’ll add it to my morning pills and take it once a day to start. I’ll also add the calcium/magnesium suppliment as well.

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