Benefits of Vitamin B5 – Pantothenic Acid, the Centre of Energy!!

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Vitamin B5's main function is energy metabolism like other B vitamins. It works in synthesis with other B vitamins.

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Pantothenic acid forms a large part of the co-enzyme A molecule, which is essential for the chemical reactions that generate energy from carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

B5, in the form of co-enzyme A, is needed for the synthesis of cholesterol and steroid hormones such as melatonin (the sleep hormone).


Main Function of Vitamin B5
Vitamin B5's main function is energy metabolism like other B vitamins. It works in synthesis with other vitamins.


RDA of Vitamin B5
Recommended daily allowance of vitamin B5 is 6 mg, both in males and females.


Deficiency of Vitamin B5
Deficiency of this vitamin is very rare. However, its deficiency can cause stress, depression and tiredness.


Toxicity of Vitamin B5
No toxicity is reported, even if consumed in high quantity.


Degradation of Vitamin B5
Vitamin B5 is degraded by freezing, canning and refining the food.


Food Sources of Vitamin B5
The main food sources of B5 are whole grains, green peas, fresh fruits and vegetables, liver, eggs and nuts.

Sunflower seeds, dried (1/4 cup – 36 gm) – 2.4 mg
Avocado (1 fruit – 252 gm) – 2.5 mg
Ground beef, cooked (57 gm) – 0.625 mg
Chicken breast, roasted (1 breast) – 0.8 mg


Note: Extra pantothenic acid can help to prevent stress related illnesses.
 

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