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Pantothenic Acid

Overview

Pantothenic acid is a member of the B-complex family, specifically B5. Pantothenic acid is essential for many basic bodily functions, from growth to reproduction. It is necessary in the metabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates, synthesizes enzymes that are necessary for neurological functioning and facilitates communication throughout the central nervous system.

 

Because pantothenic acid is widely available from a variety of foods, a true ‘deficiency’ is rare in humans. However, doctors often prescribe supplements to get higher doses of pantothenic acid in the treatment of various illnesses.

 

 

What Pantothenic Acid  Does:

All the B vitamins play a role in metabolism, but in addition, B5 (pantothenic acid) is vital in the manufacture of red blood cells, sex hormones, and stress-related hormones created in the adrenal glands. It also helps to maintain a healthy digestive tract and assists the body in using other vitamins and nutrients. Pantothenic acid is also believed to enhance the body’s immune system and regulate its physical reactions to stress. Because of its role in regulating stress reactions, pantothenic acid may play a major role in prevention or reduction of symptoms in stress related diseases.

 

Health Benefits of Pantothenic Acid:

Manage Stress

Pantothenic acid is one of the vitamins that the adrenal system uses to synthesize stress hormones, among other hormones. Those hormones are the substances in our bodies that help manage the physical effects of stress. Because of this property of pantothenic acid, it is potentially beneficial in the management and prevention of stress related ailments like migraine, anxiety, depression, emotional upset and chronic fatigue.

 

Combat Heartburn

When taken with choline and thiamin, pantethonic acid has been shown effective in preventing heartburn and lessening its severity.

 

Lessen the symptoms of seasonal allergies

Pantothenic acid seems to increase the effectiveness of other allergy remedies, and can help relieve nasal congestion and alleviate asthmatic symptoms related to seasonal allergies.

 

Wound healing and burns

There is some promising preliminary research that suggests that pantothenic acid helps speed healing of wounds and burns.

 

Possible Side Effects of Pantothenic Acid

The only reported side effect of pantothenic acid is possible diarrhea at doses above 10,000 mg (10 g) per day.

 

Summary

As one of the B-complex vitamins, pantethonic acid is necessary for a wide variety of healthy bodily functions. While a deficiency of pantethonic acid is rare, there’s a great deal of evidence to believe that we don’t get enough of the B vitamins for OPTIMAL bodily functions. Supplementing your diet with a good multivitamin that contains a full complement of the B-complex vitamins may help ward off many of the ‘unavoidable’ diseases of aging, and help your body to heal and deal with the effects of stress.

 

While there is no Recommended Daily Allowance of pantothenic acid, most nutrition experts recommend at least 4 to 7 mg a day, with higher dosages recommended to treat specific conditions such as stress, heartburn, allergies and high cholesterol.

 

 

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