The name pantothenic acid comes from the Greek word pantos, meaning "everywhere," referring to its wide distribution in most plants and animals. Rich food sources include meats, liver, kidney, fish/shellfish, chicken, vegetables, legumes, yeast, eggs, and milk. However, freezing and canning may lead to a loss of much of the pantothenic acid content. Whole grains are also a good source, although refining may degrade much of the pantothenic acid content. In commercial supplement products, vitamin B5 is available as D-pantothenic acid and as the synthetic products dexpanthenol (converted in the body to pantothenic acid) or calcium pantothenate. Pantothenic acid is frequently used in combination with other B vitamins in vitamin B complex formulations. Only the dextrorotatory (D) isomer of pantothenic acid possesses biologic activity.
Pantothenic acid deficiency is exceedingly rare and likely only occurs only in cases of the most severe life-threatening malnutrition. Most individuals likely obtain sufficient amounts from dietary sources.
Pantothenic acid has been used or studied for numerous health conditions, but has not been clearly demonstrated as beneficial for any. Oral, topical (on the skin), or injected forms have been used.
What is pantothenic acid?
Pantothenic acid is a B-vitamin that is essential to human nutrition. Sometimes called vitamin B5, it is involved in a number of biological activities, including the synthesis and catabolism of fatty acids, the production of energy, the catabolism of amino acids, and the synthesis of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
What is Pantothenic acid used for?
Pantothenic acid is responsible for coenzyme A (CoA), its biologically active form that participates in a number of metabolic opportunities, including the manufacture of acetylcholine and melatonin. It may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It helps to metabolize carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
What is the recommended dose?
Take one tablet daily with meals, or as directed by your healthcare provider.
What are the side effects of PABA?
None have been reported.
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