Pantothenic acid, or vitamin B5, is part of the vitamin B complex. It has several critical roles in the body, including helping to convert proteins, carbohydrates, and fats into energy and aiding in the production of hormones and antibodies. It is referred to as an "anti-stress" vitamin by many experts because of its ability to relieve depression and anxiety. Pantothenic acid works synergistically with vitamin B2, and B3 to make fuel for the body in the form of ATP.
Good Food Sources:
Pantothenic acid can be found in almost all foods (pantothenic is derived from a Greek word that means "from everywhere"). The best sources include brewer's yeast, wheat germ, wheat bran, peanuts, peas, whole grains, broccoli, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes. Deficiency is rare, although people who abuse alcohol are likely to have low levels and are the best candidates for supplementation.
Signs of Deficiency:
Signs of pantothenic acid deficiency include nausea, numbness of the extremities, muscle cramps, and stomach pain.
Uses of Pantothenic Acid: Pantothenic acid is used to treat anemia, anxiety, and rheumatoid arthritis