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:

Muscle Weakness

Numbness in hands and feet

Headache

Fatigue

Low Immune function

Gastrointestinal changes

Latest Clinical Evidence

Pantothenic acid has only ever shown to have any beneficial effect for Vitamin B5 deficiency.



Osteoarthritis

Evidence hasn't been promising for osteoarthritis. Research has shown that pantothenic acid does not help any fom of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis.

B5 and ADHD

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.

Increased Endurance

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

Adults 5mg/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.

Meat

Vegetables

sources of pantothenic acid Grains

Eggs

Legumes

Milk


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