Some people who have
carpal tunnel syndrome have been found to have a
vitamin B6 deficiency. The U.S.
recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of vitamin B6
ranges from 1.3 mg for adults through age 50
to 2 mg for breast-feeding women.
Researchers have had mixed results
when studying vitamin B6 supplements to help relieve carpal tunnel syndrome
symptoms. One study found that 200 mg to
300 mg a day is effective in the treatment of
carpal tunnel symptoms, and other studies found no link between vitamin B6
levels and carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms or their improvement in automotive
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Most people can get a
healthy amount of vitamin B6 from their regular daily diet. Top vitamin B6
sources include fortified breakfast cereals, garbanzo and other beans, meat,
poultry, fish, potatoes, and bananas.
Using supplements with caution
High doses of vitamin B6 can cause
nerve damage (neuropathy). The Institute of Medicine has established an upper
safe limit of 100 mg a day for adults. Talk to
your doctor before taking vitamin B6 supplements for carpal tunnel
Lewis DC (2006). Carpal tunnel syndrome. In JE
Pizzorno Jr, MT Murray, eds., Textbook of Natural Medicine, 3rd ed., vol. 2., pp. 1557-1561. St. Louis, Missouri:
Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
David Pichora, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery
October 21, 2010
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October 21, 2010
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