Brain health: B6


“When final studies prove safe and effective, this therapy would be a boon in the management of mood disorders and would positively impact millions of lives around the world.”

A NEW study has shown that vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), one of the B vitamins, can reduce anxiety and depression after taking it in high doses for a month. In research, vitamin B12 did not have much of an impact on these conditions, but pyridoxine had a good positive impact.

The effective dose of B6 in this study to prevent or treat mood disorders was found to be approximately 50 times the minimum daily intake of 1.3 mg for those 50 and under, and 1.5 to 1 .7 mg for over 50s.

Published in the journal Human Psychopharmacology, the researchers said, “Vitamin B6 helps the body produce a specific chemical messenger that inhibits impulses in the brain, and our study links this calming effect to reduced anxiety in participants. ; pyridoxine is known to increase the body’s production of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), a chemical that blocks impulses between nerve cells in the brain.

Foods that contain B6 include chickpeas, fruits and vegetables, and tuna, among others, but B6 supplements need to be high enough in the body to have a positive effect on mood.

When final studies prove safe and effective, this therapy would be a boon in the management of mood disorders and would positively impact millions of lives around the world.
Consult your physician before embarking on this or other therapies which, in this particular case, still require a larger scale clinical trial before being approved for general use.

erection problem

Erectile dysfunction (ED), the inability to have a firm erection for successful intercourse, affects more than 30 million Americans and approximately 10 million Filipinos. About 52% of men between the ages of 40 and 70 suffer from this disease. Even younger men are not free from erectile dysfunction. But there is hope today, with our modern therapies.

Common causes include vascular disease (most common), smoking, diabetes, alcohol use, stress, depression, anxiety, medications, nerve signaling deficit, and endocrine or hormonal issues . The medical consultation is important to rule out organic medical problems that would require more complete laboratory tests.

An association between dietary cholesterol, unsaturated fat intake and erectile dysfunction was discovered by the Massachusetts Male Aging Study. Consuming a Mediterranean diet, consisting mostly of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats like olive oil and avocados, can prevent erectile dysfunction.

The following foods help prevent and manage erectile dysfunction, in addition to providing other nutritional benefits to the body: fish, oatmeal, blackberries, avocado, pistachios, watermelon, spinach, kale, persimmons, pomegranate juice , bananas, apricots, peppers, nuts, and leafy greens, and other colorful vegetables.
Regular physical exercise helps a lot in solving erectile dysfunction problems.

Foods to avoid: alcohol and all soft drinks; soy products and licorice, which all lower testosterone levels. Smoking is a major cause. Obesity is another factor. A high consumption of red meat and processed meats also increases the risk of erectile dysfunction, in addition to cancer.

Anti-ED pills such as Viagra, Sildenafil, and Levitra can be tried, as well as the anti-ED foods recommended above. Vitamins B9 (folic acid), B3 (niacin) and C (ascorbic acid) are also suggested by some studies. If all of the above do not help, advice is recommended.

Disclaimer: There are dozens of herbal remedies and over-the-counter medications, some sold on the street that have not been officially approved and could have potentially serious side effects.

A healthy lifestyle, including diet, weight control, exercise, no smoking, disciplined alcohol consumption, positive attitude and responsible behavior could help build confidence and happy performance in bedroom. Sex is vital and has dozens of benefits for our health. Making our partners happy is the key to a blessed and comfortable home.


Philip S. Chua, MD, FACS, FPCS, Distinguished Cardiac Surgeon based in Northwest Indiana and Las Vegas, Nevada, is an international medical speaker/author, health advocate, columnist, and president of the Filipino United Network -USA, a 501(c)3 Humanitarian Foundation in the United States. Websites:, and Email: [email protected]


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