Vitamin B5 plays a vital role by helping the body burn carbohydrates and fats into usable energy. This essential vitamin also helps the body improve its ability to respond to stress by providing support to the adrenal glands. Lastly, vitamin B5 ensures optimum production of healthy fats in the cells.
Constant fatigue, weakness, numbness, and a lot of pain in the feet, indicate a deficiency of vitamin B5.
A number of vitamin B5 supplements are available on the market. Although there is no recommended dosage, 10 to100mg is suggested. The impact of vitamin B5 supplements is seen at its best when consumed along with other B group vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. The recommended daily allowance of vitamin B5 is 10 mg for men and women and 5.5 mg for children.
Vitamin B5 is available as a dietary supplement in the form of pantothenic acid and calcium-D-pantothenate. An expensive form of vitamin B5 supplement is pantethine.
However, the best source of vitamin B5 is through natural foods, which provide a high quantity of essential vitamins and minerals. The best natural sources for vitamin B5 are mushrooms and cauliflowers.
High quantities of vitamin B5 are found in various organ meats like liver and in egg yolk, nuts, vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower, and also in whole grains like bran, etc. Milk and other dairy products are also good sources of vitamin B5.
Maximum vitamin B5 is found in royal jelly – the substance created by bees from nectar to feed the queen bee. Other food sources of vitamin B5 are broccoli, turnip greens, tomatoes, strawberries, grapefruit, yogurt, yeast, liver, eggs, saltwater fish, whole wheat, peanuts, corn, whole rye flour, and legumes.
The essential amount of required vitamin B5 is destroyed in processed food. Cooking, though it does not lead to the destruction of pantothenic acid by itself, can cause vitamin B5 to become degraded through exposure to excess amounts of other acids and alkalis.
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