Great Benefits and Needs of Pantothenic Acid – Vitamin B5

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 in Healthy Living, Natural Health, Nutritional Supplements

Great Benefits and Needs of Pantothenic Acid – Vitamin B5

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.

Drug Influence

Pantothenic acid (B5) is reduced by tricyclic antidepressants.

Pantothenic Acid (B5) Food Sources

Best Sources

Organ meats
Nutritional Yeast
Egg yolk
Almonds, peanuts
Wheat bran
Fresh Vegetables

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.

Pantothenic acid (B5) taken constantly, is not highly recommended since it may create an imbalance of other B vitamins in the body, especially B1 – Thiamin. Supplement with all other B vitamins if taking a higher amount of B5.

Whole Food B Vitamin Supplement

Nutritional Flaked Yeast
Tortula – fine powder of nutritional yeast
Engevita Flake Yeast
Brewers 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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