The Health Benefits of Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)

The Health Benefits of Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)

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Introduction & Biological Effects

Let’s briefly talk about Vitamin B5 which is also known as Pantothenic acid. It’s water soluble vitamin and an essential nutrient for our body. It is required to synthesize a compound called Coenzyme-A (CoA), which is used to break down fats and sugars for energy. More generally, it is used by the body to help synthesize and metabolize carbs, fats and proteins. It’s used by the body to create red blood cells, which carry oxygen around our body as well as cortisol, a stress hormone.

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Potential Health Benefits

Lower cholesterol, triglycerides

Several studies have suggested that vitamin B5 may lower triglycerides, LDL cholesterol (bad) and raise HDL cholesterol (good).

Wound healing

Preliminary studies in animals suggest it may promote wound healing, especially after surgery

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Although the evidence is weak, it may help treat the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis

Insufficient Evidence (May help, much more research needed)

  • Diabetic Ulcers
  • Diabetic peripheral neuropathy
  • Improving athletic performance.
  • Skin problems.
  • Alcoholism.
  • Allergies.
  • Hair loss.
  • Asthma.
  • Heart problems.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Lung disorders.
  • Colitis.
  • Eye infections (conjunctivitis).
  • Convulsions.
  • Kidney disorders.
  • Dandruff.
  • Depression.
  • Diabetic problems.
  • Enhancing immune function.
  • Headache.
  • Hyperactivity.
  • Low blood pressure.
  • Inability to sleep (insomnia).
  • Irritability.
  • Multiple sclerosis.
  • Muscular dystrophy.
  • Muscle cramps.

Best Dietary Sources

The greek root pantos means “everywhere”, which explains that this vitamin is found in a wide variety of food sources.

  • Fresh meats (especially beef, poultry)
  • Fish (Salmon)
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Whole unprocessed grains
  • Supplements

Deficiency

Very rare, but symptoms include: fatigue, insomnia, depression, irritability, vomiting, stomach pains, burning feet, and upper respiratory infections.

Toxicity/ Side Effects

Supplementation should be supervised by a physician. Very high doses may cause diarrhea and increased risk of bleeding

Recommended Daily Allowance

Adult

  • 19 years and older: 5 mg
  • Pregnant women: 6 mg
  • Breastfeeding women: 7 mg

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