Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) is essential to the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, as well as for the synthesis of hormones and cholesterol. Deficiency is rare and likely to occur in cases of malnutrition. Its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, wound healing, and antiviral actions are now being studied.
- Synthesizes cholesterol to produce vitamin D and (stress) hormones
- Controls serum cholesterol levels
- Protects against lipid peroxidation
- Elevates reduced glutathione (the body’s premier anti-oxidant)
- Turns fat into energy
- Metabolizes carbohydrates
- Parasthesia (tingling in extremities)
- Sleepiness and headache
- GI complaints
- Susceptibility to infections
- Egg yolks
- Fresh vegetables
At neutral pH, pantothenic acid is stable, but 20% of the B5 in raw meat is destroyed by cooking. Vegetables lose between 40% and 75% during processing. Vegetarians with rheumatoid arthritis experienced relief with injected pantothenic acid, as reported in a 1963 issue of Lancet.