Individually B vitamins perform a unique service although they very often group together to support and treat a wide range of aliments. Pantothenic acid (B5) is earmarked for adrenal function and fat metabolism. Because of the accompanying topic of Adrenal Glands, I have chosen to highlight this nutrient. B vitamins are a series of individual elements performing essential cellular functions such as co-factors to over 3,500 enzymatic functions, energy production, metabolism, reproduction and brain function. These are but a few areas where B vitamins are required; for a deficiency of any one B vitamin will actually create a rippling effect resulting in an imbalance of several metabolic body core functions.
Deficiency Symptoms of Pantothenic Acid (B5)
1 Many symptoms of adrenal exhaustion are related to deficient dietary pantothenic acid, since these glands are depending on this nutrient.
2 High Cholesterol and Triglycerides (Cholesterol Metabolism)
3 Blood Sugar Regulation Problems (Diabetes, increased insulin sensitivity)
4 Fat Metabolism Problems can lead to Gastrointestinal complaints; vomiting and nausea; alcohol syndrome and abdominal cramping
5 Required for Nerve Transmission: The lack of B5 can promote numbness, burning feet, muscle cramping, impaired motor skills, restlessness, fatigue, sleep problems and insomnia as well as irritability, headaches and change in moods or personality characteristics.
6 Increased Aging: When pantothenic acid levels decreased in the blood of individuals over the age of sixty compared to those who retained higher B5 levels, their outward appearance – year by year – seemed older than those of the same age.
Pantothenic acid (B5) is reduced by tricyclic antidepressants.
Pantothenic Acid (B5) Food Sources
Modern Diet Causing a Lack of Pantothenic Acid
Processed foods and frozen food; even the high B5 meat sources loose this B vitamin through the thawing process where B5 is leached from the juice while raw meat is thawing. Plus 33% of pantothenic acid is loss during the cooking process.
Canning, refining, processing, and freezing methods, reduce pantothenic acid (B5) in foods. Wheat looses 50% of its pantothenic acid through refining and processing. Just one more important reason to eat whole unadulterated grains.
If a diet routinely includes a high number of processed foods, deserts, snacks, sugar products and dressings, you may want to check you B5 levels and readjust your diet.
Whole Food B Vitamin Supplement
Nutritional Flaked Yeast
Tortula – fine powder of nutritional yeast
Engevita Flake Yeast
B vitamins can be purchased individually or in different combination formulas. For instance, if stress is a real problem purchase a formula that is geared for stress.
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