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Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)

Vitamin / Mineral Supplement Overview:
Vitamin B-5, otherwise known as pantothenic acid, is a coenzyme involved in energy metabolism of carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Great sources of this vitamin include eggs, nuts, and whole-wheat products.

How Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) Works in the Body:
Helps normal growth and development
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) helps release food energy
Could hasten healing of wounds in animals
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) may relieve stress
May lessen fatigue

The following may benefit most from Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) supplement:
Those with increased nutritional needs
Pregnant or breastfeeding women
Substance abusers
Those under prolonged stress
Those having undergone recent surgery
People with vigorous physical activity levels

Foods high in Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid):
Avocados
Bananas
Blue cheese
Broccoli
Chicken
Collard greens
Eggs
Lentils
Liver
Lobster
Meats, all kinds
Milk
Oranges
Peanut butter
Peanuts
Peas
Soybeans
Sunflower seeds
Wheat germ
Whole-grain products

Using Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid):
Available as:
Liquid: the best form due to its high bioavailability and fast absorption. Always choose liquid as your first choice when supplementing your diet.

Tablets: available

Recommended Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) Daily Intakes
Men: 5 mg
Women: 5 mg
Pregnancy: 5 mg
Lactation: 5 mg

Medical Precautions: Consult your doctor if you have:
Hemophilia

Over 55:
No problems should occur.

Pregnancy:
Keep within DRI. Always consult doctor during pregnancy.

Breastfeeding:
Keep within DRI. Always consult doctor during lactation.

Vitamin Supplement Storage:
Heat and/or moisture may alter the vitamin. Refrigeration is recommended.

Symptoms of Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) Deficiency:
Symptoms include excessive fatigue, sleep disturbances, loss of appetite, nausea or dermatitis. However, these symptoms are rare and if they occur, they may indicate other B vitamin deficiencies.

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) Side Effects:
Reaction or effect : What to do
Diarrhoea : Decrease dose. Refer to your doctor soon.

Interactions:
Interacts with : Combined effect
Levodopa : Vitamin may reduce effect of medicine.
Tobacco : Absorbs less of vitamin.

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