Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)

Introduction – The chemical name of vitamin B5 is pantothenic acid and is a water-soluble vitamin that is present naturally in several foods. This vitamin is also available in supplement form that offers a variety of health benefits. It helps in converting food into energy in the body.

Benefits of vitamin B5 – Vitamin B5 is necessary for

  • Creating stress-related and sex hormones in the adrenal glands
  • Synthesizing cholesterol
  • Appropriate functioning of the liver and nervous system
  • Healthy skin, eyes, and hair
  • Making red blood cells that carry oxygen all over the body
  • Maintaining a healthy digestive tract

Vitamin B5 is also used as a supplement that helps in reducing cholesterol. As per a study published in the journal Nutrition Research in New Jersey in 2011, it found that vitamin B5 supplements help in lowering LDL cholesterol that reducing the risk of any heart problem.

There is another study at Asahikawa Medical College in Japan, it is found that vitamin B5 may be helpful in the prevention of diabetes. According to research by the National Academy of Sciences of Grodno, Belarus, it also found that vitamin B5 or pantothenic acid is used for the treatment of diabetes.

Cosmetics use of vitamin B5 – Vitamin B5 is also used as a skin and hair product. It is also used in lotions and creams that are designed for moisturizing the skin. As per a study, it is found that vitamin B5 helps in preventing thinning hair. It can also apply to the skin in relieving itchiness and promoting healing from skin conditions such as insect bites, diaper rash, eczema, and poison ivy.

Sources of Vitamin B5 – As per the U.S. National Library of Medicine, it found that there are various sources of vitamin B5 or Pantothenic Acid are legumes, milk, mushrooms, broccoli, cabbage, avocados, white and sweet potato yeast, whole grain, organ meats such as kidneys and liver and many more.

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