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B6 and B12


I have been having regular B12 injections (3 months) for a year and have also increased my iron intake and Folic Acid. I was having vibrations in my feet but since uping my folic acid and iron they have reduced. Palatations gone too. Although GP didn't Think it was related. I think I proved them wrong. Any way- I have been trying to conceive and wondered if I needed to increase my intake of B6 as well?

I cannot absorb B12 through my gut due to a bowel resection.

Does anybody know of any Information on B6 other than good for Pms and not to take too much?

Thank you

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Hi Springbabyboo

Vitamin B6 dose and instructions for use. The NHS says that the recommended adult daily intake of vitamin B6 is 1.4mg a day for men and 1.2mg a day for women. Vitamin B6 supplementation in pregnancy is not necessary and high doses might lead to harm. You should be able to get all the vitamin B6 you need from your diet.

Vitamin B6 is found in a wide variety of foods, including:


poultry – such as chicken or turkey.



wholegrain cereals – such as oatmeal, wheatgerm and brown rice.



soya beans. etc.

I am not a medically trained person but I've had P.A. (a form of B12 deficiency) for more than 45 years.

I wish you well



Thank you for your reply, I do have a restricted diet due to Crohns. I shall continue to read all the info I can

thanks again


do you mean B6 or B9 (folate)?

this document gives a lot of information on vitamins and minerals


B6..I already supplement folate. I just wondered if it would decrease due to the B12 injections. my gp told me to take Iron and folic acid as the work together and can deplete if given high dose of B12...

thanks for the reply



"having regular B12 injections (3 months) for a year "

Do you have any neurological symptoms eg tingling, pins and needles, tinnitus, tremors, memory problems, balance problems plus other possible neuro symptoms?

If yes, my understanding of UK B12 guidelines is that the following pattern of treatment is recommended.

A B12 loading jab every other day for as long as symptoms continue to get better then a B12 jab every 2 months.

See following links for more info.



UK B12 documents

BSH Cobalamin and Folate Guidelines

BMJ B12 article



B12 and Pregnancy

There may be articles of interest in PAS library section. Articles are only available to PAS members.


I think pregnancy is mentioned in BSH Cobalamin and Folate Guidelines and in following books.

"What You Need to Know About Pernicious Anaemia and B12 Deficiency" by Martyn Hooper

Martyn Hooper is the chair of PAS (Pernicious Anaemia Society). Book is up to date with UK b12 guidelines.

"Could it Be B12?: An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses" by Sally Pacholok and JJ. Stuart (USA authors)

Very comprehensive with lots of case studies.

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Thank you for your reply and links. I will study these. Unfortunately I have been to several Gps who say I do not require more regular doses. Even my Consulant for Crohns said I didn't as it would just stay in my blood and not be absorbed. It's very hard to be taken seriously. I gave up when the last gp told me -' not to believe everything you read.....'

I use a nasal spray and hope for change!

thanks again


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