Vitamin B5 or Pantothenic Acid is a water-soluble vitamin that is essential for the conversion of carbohydrates, protein and fats into energy. Vitamin B5 is found in most whole foods making deficiency of this nutrient rare. It plays a vital role in the synthesis of acetylcholine (an important neurotransmitter required for sending messages between cells).

Roles in our Body:

  • Vital for energy
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Manufacture of red blood cells
  • Supports electrical signals between nerves and muscles
  • Maintains skin and hair
  • Reduces stress levels
  • Cholesterol and fat control
  • Function of the brain, nerve and digestive systems

Signs of Deficiency:

  • Poor concentration
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Tingling hands and feet
  • Headache
  • Numbness and poor coordination
  • Insomnia and restlessness

Best Food Sources:

Found in small amounts in most whole foods, however high amounts found in liver and kidney, cauliflower, mushrooms, egg yolks, red meat, legumes, poultry, dairy, nuts and seeds, whole grains, broccoli, and pumpkin.