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Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid):
Benefits, Sources, RDA, Deficiency


Pantothenic acid, also known as vitamin B5, is thought to play a vital role in reducing the effects of stress on the human body. In fact, pantothenic acid is often called the anti-stress vitamin.

The reason for this stress fighting ability seems to be related to the effect pantothenic acid has on the secretion of cortisol. The secretion of cortisol is known to play an important role in stress, and controlling levels of cortisol has shown promise in weight loss as well.

Dietary Sources of Vitamin B5:

Some of the best dietary sources of pantothenic acid include eggs, beef, nuts, vegetables, whole-wheat products, pork and saltwater fish.

Recommended Daily Intake of Vitamin B5:

No recommended daily intake of pantothenic acid has been established, since this nutrient is made in our bodies in sufficient quantities.

Pantothenic Acid Supplements:

For the most part pantothenic acid is taken as part of a daily multivitamin, or as part of a B-complex vitamin supplement. When this nutrient is supplemented directly the most common dosages is between 10 and 20mg. Vitamin B5 combines well with other members of the B-complex family.

Side Effects and Toxicity of Pantothenic Acid:

There are no known side effects or toxic effects of pantothenic acid.

Symptoms of Pantothenic Acid Deficiency:

Signs of a deficiency of pantothenic acid include headaches, fatigue, nausea, cramps, abdominal pain, depression and muscle weakness.

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