Pantothenic acid - Vitamin B5

Pantothenic acid is also known as Vitamin B5. This vitamin can be found in meat, vegetables, eggs, milk, grains, fruits, and legumes. Pantothenic acid is the precursor for the synthesis of Coenzyme A, which is essential for cellular reactions and metabolism. Other forms of pantothenic acid are D-pantothenic acid, dexpanthenol, pantothenate, and calcium pantothenate. Pantothenic acid is commonly taken in combination with other B vitamins such as niacin, riboflavin, cyanocobalamin, thiamine, pyridoxine, and folic acid.

Health Functions
Pantothenic acid can be used as a treatment for nutrient deficiencies, skin problems (acne, wound healing, rashes), and high cholesterol levels. Pantothenic acid supplements (in the form of pantothenol, pantothenate, or pantethine) are also available commercially. In Japan, pantethine is used to lower cholesterol levels. Calcium homopantothenate (hopantenate) is also used to improve mental capacity (especially in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease).

Disease Risk Reduction
Pantothenic acid can effectively reduce cardiovascular and skin problems, as well as nutrient deficiencies.

Groups at Risk
People with a mutation in the pantothenate kinase 2 gene are most likely to develop pantothenic acid deficiencies.

Intake Recommendations
For adults, the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for pantothenic acid is 5 milligrams daily. Animal-based food products have the highest amounts of pantothenic acid; 3 ounces of beef liver already provides 83% of the recommended intake. Some food products are also fortified with pantothenic acid. It is also recommended to consume fresh food since canned, refined, and frozen food tend to have lower pantothenic acid content.

7D VARIETY Recommendations
Energy Dates are a good source of pantothenic acid. 7D VARIETY recommends you to consume a cup of Energy Dates daily to give you 17% of the recommended daily intake for pantothenic acid. It is important to consume enough Vitamin B5 because it is used to help convert the food we eat into energy. It is also needed for the maintenance of healthy eyes, skin, hair, digestive tract, and is required in the production of red blood cells.