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Vitamin B5 – Pantothenic Acid
B Complex Vitamin

Vitamin B5 is an antioxidant that is very important for good adrenal function because it helps produce cortisone.  Once again, antioxidants provide an extra electron to free radicals so they don't have to steal one from somewhere else in the body.  This seems to provide protection from all sorts of degenerative diseases like heart disease, cancer and just general aging.  It also protects the body from the side effects of stress, and helps to prevent fatigue and nervous disorders.  It can help you fight infection by building antibodies, and also inhibits loss of hair color.  It is also important in overcoming the side effects of drugs, especially after surgery.  Like many other B vitamins, pantothenic acid is also needed in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins

Extra Vitamin B5 Requirements

There are certain population groups that are more likely to need B5 supplementation.  These include the elderly, those with drinking problems and those who take cholesterol-lowering drugs, according to Dr. Song, an associate professor of nutrition at Michigan State University.   Dr. Song has also found that the body uses coenzyme A, which contains vitamin B5, in order to detoxify many chemicals, including those found in pesticides, herbicides and various drugs.  This means that this is a very important vitamin for all of us in today's age where so many harmful man-made chemicals abound.  We probably all need extra B5 today!

Deficiency Symptoms of Pantothenic Acid

Tiredness, fatigue, insomnia and muscle cramping, as well as anemia and lack of coordination can result from a deficiency of pantothenic acid.  Further symptoms include gastrointestinal distress like constipation and vomiting. 

Food Sources of Vitamin B5

Nutritional yeast, whole grains including brown rice, poultry and organ meats, broccoli and yams, mushrooms, salmon , eggs, peanuts and other legumes.  When you cook, can or process foods containing pantothenic acid, up to 50 percent of it can be destroyed. 

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