PANTOTHENIC ACID (VITAMIN B5)
Pantothenic Acid or Vitamin B5 is a water soluble vitamin that is available in a wide range of foods, as its name pantothenic (“from everywhere”) suggests. Its primary purpose like some other types of Vitamin B, is to help the body use food that is consumed to generate energy.
Use in overall wellness and cholesterol reduction
This essential vitamin is important to keep your body in good working order - from your nervous system to the digestive tract. It has also been found to be beneficial for managing cholesterol. Supplements containing Vitamin B5 derivatives when used correctly in individuals with a low to moderate risk of cardiovascular disease can help reduce overall cholesterol levels, including that of the bad LDL.
Importance of Pantothenic Acid
Vitamin B5 helps your body convert the carbohydrates you consume from your diet, into glucose that is the energy source for the body.
The vitamin is needed to create red blood cells.
It synthesises cholesterol.
Stress hormones and sex hormones are also influenced by Pantothenic Acid levels.
It also helps with processing protein and fats, and other vitamins like B2.
Pantothenic Acid helps keep your nervous system in good working order.
It helps keep the digestive tract healthy.
It is also important for overall wellness, particularly of the eyes, liver, skin, and hair.
Pantothenic Acid sources
With Pantothenic Acid so widely available in multiple food sources, it is easy to up the intake of this nutrient in your diet. It is required in very small quantities by the body.
Pantothenic Acid rich diet
Asian food lovers rejoice, because the flavoursome Shiitake mushroom is one of the richest sources of Vitamin B5. Experiment with this meaty mushroom in a stir fry, dumplings, a broth or even on toast.
A main meal of trout steamed or baked with some delicious fresh vegetables will help you get a good amount of niacin in. Other oily fish like salmon can also be used.
Enjoy a Mexican style meal with plenty of avocado or enjoy its creamy flavour in a salad.
Sweet potatoes and lentils are both very good sources, make a delicious baked sweet potato with some lentil chilli spooned over or enjoy sweet potato mash or pie and a nourishing lentil soup.
Make sunflower seeds your go to snack if you need to give your body’s Pantothenic Acid levels a boost.
Deficiency of this vitamin is rare, however supplements which contain Vitamin B 5 along with other vital nutrients are widely available without prescription. Since it is water soluble, the body simply flushes excess out of the system.