Earlier findings have led doctors to suspect a link between vitamin B6 deficiency and inflammation. In one study, researchers measured markers for vitamin B6 and inflammation in 2,289 men and women. Those with low levels of vitamin B6 had the highest overall levels of 13 inflammatory markers. Compared to those who got the least vitamin B6, those who got 18.6 mg of vitamin B6 per day from diet and supplements had 42 percent lower levels of CRP, 14 percent lower homocysteine levels, and 20 percent lower levels of inflammatory cytokines.
Also compared to those who got the least, those who got the most vitamin B6 were 21 percent less likely to have cardiovascular disease and 40 percent less likely to have diabetes.
Discussing their findings, doctors said that, “Combined with earlier findings, this study supports our hypothesis that inflammation is associated with a functional deficiency of vitamin B6,” and that vitamin B6 may be a safe and inexpensive way to help reduce the many diseases linked to inflammation.