There is another B factor which is usually a part of any B complex preparation, and which is found naturally in yeast, cereals, molasses, fish, milk, and eggs. This B factor is called Pyrodoxine Hydrochloride, or B6.
Biochemists have not established a definite .dosage, nor a specific need for this vitamin, although it has been isolated and given in doses of 5 to 10 milligrams. It has, however, been definitely established that the addition of B6 to other B factors enhance the benefit of the other vitamin B’s.
More recent experiments warrant the supposition that B6 aids in the assimilation; of protein foods. This fact would suggest its use for muscular weakness in which the nerves are involved. It has been given for the nervous vomiting of pregnancy; also, for the shaking muscles of Parkinson’s disease and other types of paralysis. Results have been good enough to include vitamin B6 with other treatment for these conditions.
We report the following incident without ascribing the total benefit to B6. A man of some sixty years was attacked suddenly with shaking hands. It was difficult for him to write. He was given B6 with a mineral combination. The two items stopped his hands from shaking after taking 600 each of the two preparations. The condition had not returned after two years.
It is impossible to state that B6 was the direct cause of the above result. It may have been only a temporary nervous state. The above incident is not recorded to bring hope to any victim of paralysis, or other muscular distrophy.