Vitamin B5 also know as Pantothenic acid (Calcium
pantothenate), Pantethine or commonly called "anti-stress-vitamin".
Pantothenic acid is a water soluble vitamin, that is a
member of the B-Complex family. Vitamin B5 plays an important
part in the production of hormones by supporting the adrenal gland.
These hormones assist in the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and
fats also Helps to fight allergies and aids in the promotion of healthy
skin, muscles and nerves. Vitamin B5 is used in the creation of lipids,
neurotransmitters, androgens and hemoglobin. Vitamin B5 is sometimes
referred to as the anti-stress vitamin because it is believed to
enhance the activity of the immune system and improve the body's
ability to withstand stressful conditions.
Pantethine, is a by product of Pantothenic acid and has
been gaining attention in recent years as a possible treatment for high
cholesterol and lower blood levels of triglycerides. Panthanol, another
for m of Vitamin B5, is often found in hair care products because of
the belief that it makes hair more manageable softer and shinier.
Vitamin B5 Deficiency can produce symptoms like fatigue,
insomnia, depression, irritability, vomiting, stomach pains, burning
feet, upper respiratory infections, headaches, nausea, tingling in the
hands, depression, personality changes and cardiac instability.
Vitamin B5 should be taken as a B - complex with Vitamin A, Vitamin C
and Vitamin E.
One of the best natural sources for this and other B
vitamins is Brewers Yeast. For more info on food sources of
Vitamin B5 please consult the USDA