Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)


This blood test measures Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) levels. All of the water-soluble B vitamins work as a team to help promote healthy nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver, muscle tone and cardiovascular function. Vitamin B6 is needed to make red blood cells and maintain a healthy immune and nervous system. Vitamin B6 appears to offer significant protection against the development of diabetic nerve disease (neuropathy).

Research has shown that individuals with long-standing diabetes, or those developing signs of peripheral nerve abnormalities, may benefit from Vitamin B6 supplementation. Elevated homocysteine levels due to a B6 deficiency may damage arterial walls, which can cause cholesterol to build up and block the vessels. A decreased level of Vitamin B6 impairs immune function by inhibiting the production of interleukin 2 and lymphocyte proliferation. Vitamin B6 deficiency may be related to heart disease, stroke, neurologic conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome, and even PMS.

Preparation For Optimal Results:
If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. Do not take supplements on the day of the test. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.