Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)

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Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)

Functions

  • Involved in carbohydrate and fat metabolism.
  • Reduces stress.
  • Prevents ageing.
  • Relieves fatigue.
  • Reduces arthritis symptoms.
  • Helps to release energy from food.
  • Essential to the synthesis of cholesterol, fat and red blood cells.

Sources

  • Organ meat
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Egg yolk
  • Fish
  • Chicken
  • Whole grain cereals
  • Dried beans
  • Lentils
  • Peanuts
  • Dried fruits
  • Vegetables (sweet potato, green peas, cauliflower, broccoli, Mushrooms)
  • Avocado

Deficiency

  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Alopecia (baldness)
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Muscle cramps
  • Insomnia
  • Reduced immunity
  • Deficiency is seen only in severely malnourished patients.

Toxicity

  • No toxic effects

Recommended dietary allowances