Vitamin B5, also known as Pantothenic acid, “antistress vitamin” or “youth elixir”, apart from playing an important role in breaking down fats, and carbohydrates for energy production, it also speeds up the healing process of wounds and surgical operations.
The benefits of Vitamin B5:
- it is extremely effective in cases of acne
- it fights against rheumatoid arthritis and relieves the symptoms of this disease
- it reduces joint pain and inflammations
- relieves depression symptoms and maintains a healthy nervous system
- prevents premature aging, reduce wrinkles and skin pigmentation
- reduces fatigue and body weakness
- prevents the appearance of dandruff and candidiasis
Deficiency of vitamin B5 is rarely manifested because this vitamin is found in many foods.
However, in case of insufficient intake of Pantothenic acid, there may appear symptoms of such as:
- hair loss
- muscle twitching
A rare symptom of vitamin B5 deficiency is called “The burning feet syndrome”. It involves numbness, a burning and tingling sensation along with feet pain and was attributed to vitamin B5 deficiency. While other B vitamins (such as Vitamin B1 and Vitamin B3) only help reduce the symptoms of burning feet syndrome, Vitamin B5 is necessary to completely end the burning sensation.
The excess of vitamin B5 may lead to diarrhea, tooth sensitivity and increased risk of bleeding.
The recommended daily dose of vitamin B5
- 3 to 8 milligrams per day for children
- 10 milligrams for adolescents and adults
The best sources of vitamin B5 are:
- Egg Yolk
- dairy products
- wheat germs
- brown rice
- hot peppers
- sweet potatoes
- cabbage and vegetables in general
The Pantothenic acid, or vitamin B5 is relatively unstable in foods and can be lost at a high rate by cooking, freezing, processing or various commercial processes.