Vitamin B6/L-Tyrptophan

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Fudge43, Sep 10, 2005.

  1. Fudge43

    Fudge43 New Member

    I can't seem to find the information that someone passed along to me on here about combining B6 with the L-Tyrptophan .. it said that B6 is needed to maximize the affect of the L-T .. I just bought 50mg dose B6 and thought one with each meal was the spacing .. but I realize I take the L-T before bed so I should be taking the B6 with that .. how much of it do I take with that and equalize the whole day dosage for just a total of 150 mg of the B6 ? .. I know I could have explained this better some how .. my brain is on vacation .. any help would be greatly appreciated .. thank you !
  2. elsa

    elsa New Member



    My understanding is that amino acids need B-6 to do their thing, so if B-6 isn't already included in the AA
    supplement then I take a small B-6mg tab along with it. I also take B-complex during the day so I don't follow the recommended dosing on the bottle. However, I never take more then 50mgs supplemental B-6 at one time.

    If you are taking l-tryptophan for improved sleep, it needs the B-6 to convert to 5-HTP which ends up as serotonin .... = sleep. Whew !! Not at all sure that one made sense! LOL Anyway, if you don't find improvement with
    l-tryptophan, you can try cutting out the "middleman" and
    try 5-HTP.

    Good luck ... hope this helps ...

    Elsa



  3. Fudge43

    Fudge43 New Member

    Elsa .. thanks again for the info .. I'll make sure to take one of the tabs with the L-T at bedtime and hope it kicks in .. I go through cycles of reading up on supplements/herbal treatments and try to give what seems reasonable a shot !
  4. elliespad

    elliespad Member

    Yes, you need to take the B-6 with the Tryptophan at night regardless of whether you took any during the day. 50 mg. is fine. Without the B-6, the Tryptophan will be converted to Serotonin in the intestines, not the brain. If this does not give you enough uninterrupted hours of sleep, it is possible you are not able to convert the B-6 to the active form. In that case, buy P5P, it is the activated form of B-6. Solgar makes it and is widely available or order any brand online.

    Be sure not to eat protein at night as the other amino acids will compete for uptake in the brain. Eating a bit of carbohydrate may enhance the uptake.

    Good luck.
  5. Fudge43

    Fudge43 New Member

    elliespad .. thanks for the information .. how do people ever figure this out without help ? or by asking the right questions .. it took a couple of years and another specialist to let me know NOT to eat whole graines ( bran .. fiber type grains) when I take my thyroid med .. it blocks the affectiveness, there is so much information that would help people IF they ask the RIGHT questions .. I try to research as much as possible but small VERY important clues are overlooked .. this makes me crazy at times .. so thank you all for the information I'm getting from this board !
  6. Fudge43

    Fudge43 New Member

  7. razorqueen

    razorqueen Member

    the same as pantothentic acid?
  8. elsa

    elsa New Member



    No ... pathothenic acid is B-5 ... B-6 is pyridoxine.

    Hope you are having a good day and are feeling well.

    Take care,

    Elsa
  9. razorqueen

    razorqueen Member

    I DID know that,,,,,, must be brain fog again,,, geesh!