Tags: Alcoholism, balanced diet, folate deficiency, folic acid, Good food sources, Health Care, Pyridoxine, supplement, thiamin deficiency, Vitamin BTopic: Vitamin|
Aside from a thiamin deficiency, excessive drinking can also cause a deficiency of vitamin B6, a nutrient needed for formation of red blood cells as well as reactions involved in normal cell functions.
Pyridoxine, or vitamin B6, is more rapidly eliminated from the body during heavy drinking, over 50 percent of those who drink excessively seem to have deficiencies. Eating a well-balanced diet that includes 1.3 milligrams of vitamin B6 can correct the problem, but only if no further alcohol is ever consumed. Good food sources of pyridoxine include meat, fish, poultry, or fortified cereals. Read the rest of this entry »