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What Are the Benefits of Vitamin B6 for Women?

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author image Kay Uzoma
Kay Uzoma has been writing professionally since 1999. Her work has appeared in "Reader’s Digest," "Balance," pharmaceutical and natural health newsletters and on websites such as QualityHealth.com. She is a former editor for a national Canadian magazine and holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from York University.
What Are the Benefits of Vitamin B6 for Women?
Milk and cheese are good sources of vitamin B6. Photo Credit olgakr/iStock/Getty Images

Overview

The group of B vitamins includes B1, B2, B6, B12, niacin, folic acid, biotin and pantothenic acid, according to the website KidsHealth from Nemours. These vitamins play several important roles in your body, including energy production and nourishing the brain. Vitamin B6 is also called pyridoxine, and you can get your daily supply from foods such as cereal grains, carrots, spinach, milk, cheese, eggs, fish or supplements. If supplementing, please talk with your physician and remember that vitamins and supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

Pregnancy Symptoms

Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy is commonly referred to as morning sickness. The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) reports that 30 mg of vitamin B6 each day may help to relieve morning sickness. Although not all studies have not shown the same effects, it’s worth discussing taking vitamin B6 with your physician when you’re pregnant.

Premenstrual Syndrome

Information on the effectiveness of vitamin B6 for relieving premenstrual symptoms, or PMS, comes primarily from female patients and physicians, states the UMMC. As UMMC points out, clinical trails on B6 use for PMS have shown no benefit, but it’s possible the improvement of symptoms may vary in each individual. Also, it usually takes up to 3 months to see any difference in your symptoms, so if you conclude your supplementation before then, you could miss out on any potential benefit of vitamin B6 for PMS.

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Hair Growth

It’s not just men who can suffer hair loss. Women also lose their hair, and unlike men, it can begin at any age before age 50 and afterwards, states the International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery. Hair consists of protein called keratin, and B-vitamins—along with amino acids—are building blocks of the protein, according to Seymour M. Weaver, a Houston-based dermatologist. In a 2001 Polish study published in the journal “Wiadomosci lekarskie” and on the National Institutes of Health website. vitamin B6 injections improved women’s hair condition and reduced hair loss, including hair loss from diffuse alopecia.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

More women than men suffer from this autoimmune condition, which causes symptoms such as joint inflammation, swelling and stiffness. Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, rates also increased in women between 1995 and 2007. According to the UMMC, RA is linked to low levels of vitamin B6. Eating more foods rich in this vitamin, or supplementing your diet with it, can help to lower inflammation and may provide some relief from rheumatoid arthritis.

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