Pantothenic acid, which is also known as vitamin B5, is one of the water soluble vitamins. The water soluble vitamins include all of the B vitamins and vitamin C. The fat soluble vitamins include vitamins A, D, E, and K. Unlike the fat-soluble vitamins, the water soluble vitamins are not stored in the body and must be replenished daily. The water soluble vitamins are also easily destroyed during cooking, especially when food is cooked in water, and during storage.
Why do we need pantothenic acid (vitamin B5)?
Pantothenic acid plays a big role as a component of coenzyme A (CoA). Coenzyme A is essential for the body’s utilization of carbohydrates and fats in the manufacture of energy. Coenzyme A also plays a significant role in the production of red blood cells, as well as adrenal hormones. Pantothenic is referred to as the “anti-stress” vitamin because of its fundamental role in cellular metabolism and adrenal function.
History of pantothenic acid
The name “pantothenic acid” originated from the Greek word “pantos,” which means everywhere. This is because pantothenic acid is found almost everywhere in the food world.
Pantothenic acid deficiency
Pantothenic acid deficiency is thought to be extremely uncommon because it is available in a great number of foods. However, pantothenic acid supplementation is used in some types of therapy. For example it is used to aid in adrenal function, and is also used to help reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood.
Pantothenic acid toxicity
Pantothenic acid toxicity has not been found in humans as yet.