Vitamin B5, also known as pantothenic acid, works together with the rest of the water soluble vitamins of the B complex family in order to support the proper function of metabolic reactions in the body. Its main sources in our diet are animal products (meat, dairy products, eggs) and some grains and vegetables such as mushrooms, broccoli and avocado.
Who is in greater risk for vitamin B5 deficiency?
• Individuals with poor nutrition
Water soluble vitamins are not stored in our body and any excess is excreted in the urine.
The role of vitamin B5:
• Supports metabolic reactions
• Energy production
• Steroid hormone and vitamin D synthesis
• Supports neurological function
• Supports mental function
Vitamin B5 deficiency may result in:
• Nausea and vomiting
• Numbness of feet
• Neurological disorders