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Vitamin B6 May Help Reduce Arthritis Symptoms

Taking a high daily dose of vitamin B6 may help reduce arthritis symptoms according to a study published in the July 2010 issue of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Researchers at Chung Shan Medical University in Taiwan recruited 35 participants who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for their 12 week study.

At the beginning of the study the participants were randomly assigned to receive either 5mg of folic acid or 5mg of folic acid plus 100mg of vitamin B6 daily.

After 12 weeks of supplementation the researchers observed a significant decrease in a number of inflammatory markers among the participants given the B6 supplement. There was no significant change among the participants who took only the folic acid supplement.

The researchers concluded that the high dose of B6 supplementation suppressed pro-inflammatory cytokines which alleviated the arthritis symptoms.

Further research is necessary to look deeper into vitamin B6 as a potential prevention and treatment for arthritis but taking a B6 supplement may provide numerous health benefits beyond arthritis.

Previous studies have found a link between vitamin B6 and reductions in the risk of stroke, birth defects and hearing loss. B6 also plays an important role in many essential functions in the human body ranging from nervous system function to red blood cell formation.

While a supplement is a good way to get your B vitamins, they are also present in various foods including broccoli, asparagus, potatoes, tuna and salmon. You can also buy milk and flour products that are fortified with B vitamins.

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