Pantothenic Acid

What is Pantothenic Acid?
Pantothenic acid is vitamin B5, an essential nutrient. Among its roles in the body, it plays an important part in the body’s capacity to metabolize and synthesize fatty acids and cholesterol. The consumption of vitamin B5 has been shown to shown to help with a variety of conditions, including chronic fatigue and muscle cramps. Vitamin B5 is a key element of many skin care treatments, including those that help to prevent wrinkles and acne.

What are the health benefits of Pantothenic Acid?
Vitamin B5’s effect upon metabolic efficiency can help with weight loss and control of cholesterol levels. Panthenol ointment, derived from pantothenic acid, may help with treatment of the foot ulceration associated with diabetes. Panthenol has also been shown to be effective in accelerating the closure of skin wounds and in strengthening scar tissue.

What foods are good sources of Pantothenic Acid?
Foods such as meats, whole grains, and green vegetables are all important sources of pantothenic acid. Liver, kidney, yeast, egg yolk, and broccoli are particularly rich sources.

Where can I find Pantothenic Acid?
Pantothenic acid is also widely available in the form of vitamin B supplements, often described as pantothenol.

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