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B5 Pantothenic Acid

Vitamin B5 Pantothenic Acid

Pantothenic acid, or vitamin B5 is sometimes called the antistress vitamin and there are indications that it may be helpful in treating depression and anxiety. Some physicians, in fact, will recommend that patients suffering from chronic stress take supplemental doses of pantothenic acid.

What else does Vitamin B5 do? Pantothenic acid is needed to make hormones and healthy red blood cells, convert carbohydrates and fat into energy, aid in the formation of antibodies, and is reputed to be a stamina enhancer.

There is also some evidence that an enzyme converted from Vitamin B5, coenzyme A, is used by the body for detoxification and removal of harmful herbicides, insectisides and drugs.

However, it is important to note that, unlike other B vitamins, pantothenic acid is not added to processed foods. Also, a lot of pantothenic acid is lost when foods are canned, frozen, or processed.

What can happen if you have a B5 pantothenic acid deficiency? Possibly fatigue, difficulty sleeping, headache, nausea, and stomach discomfort as the result of adrenal atrophy. But getting extra B5 is as easy as taking a supplement. Oral B5 supplements usually contain a form of pantothenic acid called calcium pantothenate, and are available in tablets or capsules.

Another form of pantothenic acid called panthoderm is added to skin creams and lotions for soothing cuts, scrapes, and mild burns (some believe that Vitamin B5 helps wounds heal more quickly by stimulating the cells to grow).

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