Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)

Pantothenic acid is water-soluble vitamin, which means that it cannot be stored by the body and must be replenished every day. It’s used for the breakdown and utilization by the body of food and are part of the B vitamin complex.

Function

Pantothenic acid may aid in the metabolism of food. It is involved in the synthesis of hormones and cholesterol. Cholesterol is needed by the body for the proper functioning of its cells’ membranes, particularly in the brain.

The RDA for men is 10 mcg and women is 8 mcg.

Importance

  • Aids in the release of energy from carbohydrates, fats & protein
  • Involved in the utilization of vitamins
  • Aids in cell building & the development of the central nervous system
  • Works with the adrenal glands

Dietary Sources

Pantothenic acid is found in foods that are good sources of B vitamins, including the following:

  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Milk and milk products
  • Whole-grain cereals
  • Legumes
  • Yeast
  • Broccoli and other vegetables in the cabbage family
  • White and sweet potatoes
  • Lean beef