Diet

Here is a conversation held with a member in our Facebook Group that is helpful in understanding B6 toxicity and diet:

Michal W.:

Hi, I will just share my latest results. In April I was prescribed high doses of B6. I was taking around 650 mg daily for around 3 weeks (I was supposed to take it for longer period of time but decided to stop when I started to feel bad). I keep myself hydrated and follow the protocol. In July I did my first bloodwork: the result was 93 (correct range: 14.5 – 45). I did it again just few days ago, around one and a half month after the previous bloodwork. The result is 73 (correct range 14.5 – 45). So it is dropping but still high, so it seems in some cases (like mine;) it takes much longer to remove excess from blood. I will update after another 2 months. It is long way but I am positive about the final outcome.  

Beth:

I read your story early this morning. My first thought was that 650 mg is outrageous. Doctors who prescribe this amount of B6 don’t know what they are doing to people. My second thought is that you were smart not to continue the dose.

In most cases, excess is removed from the blood work in two to four weeks. Triple-check any other supplements to make sure that you don’t have hidden B6. Also, make sure you are using Cronometer and stay at RDA B6 or slightly below it. Finally, make sure you aren’t using natural products that could be high in B6.

If you’ve triple-checked all of this and all is correct then please report back as you stated.

Michal W.:

It seems ignorance regarding B6 Toxicity is international. :/ I have tripled-checked as advised and I consume far more B6 than I expected. I have good, healthy diet which seems to be a problem in removing excess of B6. When I summed up everything the result was around 3mg of B6 per day from food. I am not taking any other supplements. I go to the gym 3 times per week to do some weighlifting (I try to progress although it is difficult). Daily I eat 160 g protein, 370 g carbs and 70 g of fat. Very difficult to do that and still stay below 1.3 mg of B6. At least now I know why I have still a lot of B6 in my blood. Thank you. 

Beth:

You can still eat the 160 g of protein you just have to rethink how you eat it. Goat meat based on Cronometer and USDA has ZERO B6 in it. The lower B6 proteins are lamb, shrimp, hamburger, and some fish including tilapia. Cheese and eggs are also a good choice.

Society (it isn’t just medical professionals) has redefined “healthy” so many times. The YouTube video (above) is a parody of this concept. Vegans say no meat. Paleo-type diets say meat is king but stay away from carbohydrates. ALL the healthy lifestyles make salt and sugar the bad guys. BUT! It is salt and sugar that keep us hydrated in the first place. In the end, what is perceived to be healthy can be bad for those suffering from B6 toxicity. You need to find YOUR healthy way to lower the B6 in your blood. We give you the tools so you can find your answers to heal.

Also see: Vitamin B6 Toxicity: Why Now?

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