Other names :: Pantothenic acid, calcium pantothenate
Vitamin B5, as well as the “anti-stress vitamin” is part of the B group vitamins and classified as a water-soluble vitamin. This nutrient can be manufactured in the body by the intestinal flora. It is a coenzyme involved in energy metabolism of carbohydrates, protein, and fat.
Actions and benefits of vitamin B5
- Regulates metabolization of fats and carbohydrates.
- Adrenal glands, increases production of cortisone.
- Good for antistress.
- People with vigorous physical activity levels
- Helps release food energy.
- Relieve stress and fatigue.
- Benefits for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Recommended dosage of vitamin B5
- Men – 5 mg
- Women – 5 mg
- Pregnancy – 5 mg
- Lactation – 5 mg
Signs of Overdose:
- It does not appear to be toxic in high dosage, although diarrhea, digestive disturbances and water retention have been reported on dosage exceeding 10 g a day.
Deficiency symptoms of Vitamin B5
When more may be required
People under stress, prone to allergies, consuming alcohol or eating too many refined foods might develop a shortage of this vitamin.
Best food sources of vitamin B5
How to use vitamin B5
Liquid: the best form due to its high bioavailability and fast absorption. Always choose liquid as your first choice when supplementing your diet.
Heat and/or moisture may alter the vitamin. Refrigeration is recommended.