Vitamin B5 or Pantothenic acid deficiency

Vitamin B5 or Pantothenic acid is useful to the body through many ways. Pantothenic acid has been found in every living cell including plant and animal tissues as well as in microorganisms.

Why we need Vitamin B5

Vitamin B5 serves many important functions in the nervous system especially in terms of nerve function and health. Among the contributions that Vitamin B5 makes to the nervous system is the production of neurotransmitters which are important to the ability of the nerves to communicate properly and effectively.

Vitamin B5 needed for carbohydrate metabolism, adrenal function, enzyme reactions, and production of fats, cholesterol, bile acids, hormones, neurotransmitters, and red blood cells.
We need pyridoxine to turn the proteins we eat into the proteins our body needs and we need it to convert carbohydrates from the form you store them in into the form you can use for energy.

B5 protects against most physycal and mental stresses, increases vitality, can help against premature aging.

Deficency cause chronic fatigue, greying/ loss of hair, mental depression, irritability, dizziness, muscular weakness, stomach distress and constipation.

Body-builders, long-distance runners, and other athletes claim that pantothenic acid helps them train harder.

Pantothenic acid deficiency in lab rats causes gray hair and hair loss. Based on that shaky connection, some hair products now contain a form of pantothenic acid called pantothenyl alcohol, or panthenol.

Pantothenic acid deficiency

Pantothenic acid deficiency is very rare, except of severe malnutrition, and causes burning/tingling in hands and feet, fatigue, and headache.

Pantothenic acid is found in many common foods and average diets are thought to have an adequate amount of it.
Pantothenic acid is sometimes called the “anti-stress” vitamin. That’s because you make more of some hormones that need pantothenic acid, such as adrenalin, when you’re under a lot of stress. If that’s the case for you, some nutritionists suggest taking extra pantothenic acid.

Food sources of Pantothenic acid

Some pantothenic acid is found in just about every food.

Healthy sources of pantothenic acid include whole grains, nuts and seeds, nutritional yeast, sweet potatoes, legumes, mushrooms, tomatoes, and broccoli. Organ meats, salmon, eggs, beans, milk, and whole grains are the best sources.

Enriched grains such as white flour are not enriched with pantothenic acid and about 43 percent of the pantothenic acid is lost in the milling process.




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Deficiency of vitamins B complex

There are eight water soluble vitamins in vitamin B group and four related substances, each of which plays an important role: thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pyridoxine (B6), folic acid (B9), cyanocobalamin (B12) pantothenic acid and biotin.

We need vitamins of B complex for support and increase the rate of metabolism; maintain healthy skin and muscle tone; enhance immune and nervous system function; promote cell growth and division—including that of the red blood cells that help prevent anemia; reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer, one of the most lethal forms of cancer

When you have plenty of all the vitamin B’s in your body, they work together to keep your body running efficiently, producing the energy.
If you’re low on any one B vitamin, the others can’t do their jobs.

Causes of Vitamin B deficiency

The B vitamins work so closely together that it is hard to tell which individual B vitamin is missing when a deficiency occurs.

Millions of people suffer from a deficiency of vitamin B for several reasons, major among which are:

  • Stress
  • Poor immune function.
  • Chronic digestive problems.
  • Alcohol
    As alcohol blocks ability to absorb B vitamins
  • Smoking
    Tobacco smoke decreases absorption of B vitamins across the board.
  • Oral contraception reduces levels of vitamin B.
  • Vegetarians and vegans
    who don’t eat any animal foods such as milk or eggs
  • Toxins and  poisons in the environment and personal care products deplete vitamin B complex

Vitamin B deficiency symptoms

Symptoms sited below can be link with vitamin B deficiency:

  • mental problems
  • heart palpitation
  • heart arrythmia
  • fibrillation
  • indigestion
  • chronic fatigue
  • chronic exhaustion
  • vague fears
  • fear that something dreadful is about to happen,nervousness
  • ADD (attention deficiency), inability to concentrate, irritability
  • feeling of uneasiness
  • inomnia
  • restlessness
  • tingling in hands
  • tingling fingers and toes
  • rashes
  • crying spells, inability to cope

and so much more.

How to avoid vitamin B deficiency

The best way to avoid a deficiency of B vitamins is to eat a varied diet of fresh fruit, an abundance of vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, and other food as desired. Some of these B vitamins can also be made by friendly bacteria in a healthy colon and absorbed into circulation.

Natural sources B vitamins are unprocessed foods.
Processing, as with sugar and white flour, tends to significantly reduce B vitamin content.
B vitamins are particularly concentrated in meat and meat products such as liver, turkey, and tuna.
Other good sources for B vitamins are potatoes, bananas, lentils, chile peppers, tempeh, beans, nutritional yeast, brewer’s yeast, and molasses.


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