Posted by tel1kdj on October 12, 2009, at 15:18:16
I have pyroluria (urine test score=40). Prior to this diagnosis, I had been taking 300-400mg B6 (pyridoxine HCL) per day for many, many years - not knowing the condition that I had - but I knew that I always needed mega amounts of B6. I always felt much better when taking huge amounts of B6 - by itself or, sometimes, as a B-complex. During this time, I never took a zinc supplement! Now I know my condition and have recently added 50 mg of zinc each day. I really needed the zinc for all these years and didn't know it! With the recent new regimen (zinc/B6), I feel much, much better. I am coming out of a year long depression and my hair stopped falling out, as well as many other changes such as better sleep.
My questions are: When I take B6, do I take the 400 mg/day ALL in B-complex pills or can I take B6 BY ITSELF (without the other B-complex vitamins)? If I take B6 on its own, do I also need B2 to make B6 effective? Also, I have found that P-5-P helps (I am now taking 100mg/day), but I still need to add a lot of regular B6 (pyridoxine HCL) to get the best B6 results? Also, how much Zinc should I take for pyroluria w/o it being toxic?