Vitamin B 5 (Pantothenic Acid)

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Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) is another of the water-soluble B Vitamins, and is widely found in foods from plants and animals including meat, vegetables, cereal grains, legumes, eggs, and milk.

In our bodies, pantothenic acid is a major participant in the creation of a molecule known as Co-enzyme A.  Co-enzyme A is critical to many metabolic processes.

The name of the vitamin is derived from the Greek word “pantos” which means “everywhere”.  It’s appropriate because pantothenic acid is found just about everywhere in foods.

Healthy adults require about 5 mg of Vitamin B5 daily.  The doses for children range from less than 2 mg to 5 mg, depending on age.  Mushrooms are excellent sources of B5, cauliflower is very good, and avocado, eggs and bell peppers are good sources.

People who may have a greater than average need for pantothenic acid include those with chronic fatigue, arthritis, and abnormal blood lipids.

Pantothenic acid is not known to interact significantly with medications, other supplements, herbs or foods.