Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
Vitamin B5, otherwise known as pantothenic acid has been hailed as a cure for many things, but what's actually been proven?
I'll give you a brief introduction to B5 and let you in on what it's good for and what it's not....
Why Do We Need B5?
Pantothenic acid is needed in the body for metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohdrates.
Along with the other vital B Vitamins, it is needed to help release energy from carbohydrates.
If you're feeling tired, it could be a case of too little B Vitamins.
Deficiency Symptoms Of Pantothenic Acid
There is little evidence of B5 deficiencies but when a deficiency is induced the following symptoms can occur:
Numbness in hands and feet
Low Immune function
Latest Clinical Evidence
Pantothenic acid has only ever shown to have any beneficial effect for Vitamin B5 deficiency.
Evidence hasn't been promising for osteoarthritis. Research has shown that pantothenic acid does not help any fom of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis.
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
There has been some evidence that pantothenic acid can help ADHD but other studies have rebuked this evidence.
Stay in touch for any updates with this research.
There has been some talk that B5 can increase athletic performance in conjunction with other B Vitamins.
There is no evidence of this claim.
Dosages For B5
As a daily support, the dose is 5-10mg/day
Infants 0-12 months 1.0-1.8mg/day
Children 1-3 years 2mg/day
Children 4-8 years 3mg/day
Children 9-13 years 4mg/day
Pregnant and Breastfeeding 6-7mg/day
DOSES OVER 300MG/DAY CAN CAUSE DIARRHEA
Food Sources of B5
B5 can be found in most plant and animal tissue.
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