Today we will discuss B5 or pantothenic acid, an essential nutrient and a water-soluble B vitamin. When we break down food for energy, we break the food molecules into pieces and extract the energy from them. Pantothenic acid is what helps break apart the pieces.  Thiamin, Niacin, and Riboflavin extract the energy. Let’s look at the Worker Vitamin B5!

What does B5 do?

Recognizing B5 deficiencies

B5 deficiencies are similar to other B vitamins which is reasonable since they are all related to energy metabolism. A few things that stand-out are, the funny feelings in the hands and feet and the mood and gut is impacted.

However Pantothenic acid is so easy to get from food that you can’t become deficient if you eat natural foods. It even is difficult to even become deficient by eating junk food. In fact, pantothenic acid takes its name from the Greek word “pantos,” which means “everywhere”. Pantothenic acid is everywhere and therefore, it is improbable to become deficient.

How to get B5 from food

Due to the fact that it is difficult to become deficient it is unclear how much we need to be healthy. There is a recommendation of an “adequate intake” or “AI” but not an RDA. The official recommendation is 5 milligrams per day (mg/d),  but better to go for 10-12 mg/d since B5 gets destroyed by heat, processing and storage.

Some causes of deficiency

Key Takeaways

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