Pantothenic Acid (B5)

Sophie Medlin
Dietitian

Major Functions

Essential for enzyme function - Energy production - Structure and function of brain cells

In every dose

50mg (equal to a whole beef liver or 25 avocados)

Fighting Talk

Pantothenic acid is less about fighting and protection, and more about keeping things ticking along nicely. It contributes to normal mental performance, metabolism of stress hormones and energy.

What’s in it for my brain?

Also known as vitamin B5,  Pantothenic acid is part of the coenzyme A molecule. It contributes to the structure and function of brain cells through its involvement in the making of cholesterol, amino acids, phospholipids, and fatty acids. It also contributes to the synthesis and metabolism of steroid hormones, and vitamin D.

Fringe benefits

Essential for releasing energy from food

Making blood cells

Plays well with

B5 is is hard to find on a plant based diet,  and is needed every day because it can’t be stored in the body. Taking all B vitamins together ensures maximum energy benefit.

Clever stuff

The brain needs to create neurotransmitters in order for nerve cells to transmit signals. Pantothenic acid has an essential role in this.

For the nerdy

Here’s a handful of relevant scientific studies on Pantothenic acid. 

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