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You may have a deficiency in VITAMIN B5

What is Vitamin B5? (Pantothenic Acid)

Known as "the anti-stress vitamin", pantothenic acid plays a role in the production of the adrenal hormones and the formation of antibodies, aids in vitamin utilization, and helps to convert fats, carbohydrates, and proteins into energy. It is required by all cells in the body and is concentrated in the organs. It is also involved in the production of neurotransmitters. 

This vitamin is an essential element of coenzyme A, a vital body chemical involved in many necessary metabolic functions. Pantothenic acid is also a stamina enhancer and prevents certain forms of anemia. It is needed for normal functioning of the gastrointestinal tract and may be helpful in treating depression and anxiety. A deficiency of pantothenic acid may cause fatigue, headache, nausea, and tingling in the hands. Pantothenic acid is also needed for proper functioning of the adrenal glands.


The following foods contain pantothenic acid: beef, brewer's yeast, eggs, fresh vegetables, kidney, legumes, liver, mushrooms, nuts, pork, royal jelly, saltwater fish, torula yeast, whole rye flour, and whole wheat.

Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) is widely distributed in plants and animal tissues and is found in meats, liver, salmon, whole grains, legumes, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes and tomatoes.

Vitamin Deficiency

Vitamin B5 provides adrenal support in high stress situations and deficiency causes atrophy of the adrenal glands, which leads to fatigue, headache, sleep problems, nausea, and abdominal discomfort. People suffering from chronic stress or those using corticosteroids continuously may benefit from vitamin B5 supplements of 100-500 milligrams a day. Patients had to wait seven to 14 days before seeing any effect of the supplementation.

Neuromuscular degeneration may also occur in the absence of vitamin B5. In humans fed a diet low in pantothenic acid effected by the vitamin B5 antagonist omega-methylpantothenic acid, subjects reported tiredness, headache, sleep problems, nausea, abdominal cramps, some vomiting, and impaired coordination. In 1976, Fry and colleagues produced the same set of symptoms by giving subjects a diet free of pantothenic acid for 10 weeks.

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