Scientific name: 

  • Vitamin B5

Other names: 

  • Anti-stress vitamin
  • Coenzyme A
  • CoA
  • Calcium pantothenate
  • Dexpanthenol
  • Pantothenyl alcohol
  • Panthenol
  • Pantethine

Description

Vitamin B5, or pantothenic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin. It cannot be stored in fat. Vitamin B5 is found in nearly all foods, with high amounts in seeds and whole grains and in some varieties of stinging nettles (plants in the Urticacae or nettle family). Royal jelly is the natural product known to contain the most vitamin B5.

Vitamin B5 promotes skin and mucosa growth and resistance to stress or disease. It is necessary to metabolize carbohydrates, fats, and proteins and is instrumental in the synthesis of some hormones.

Roles

What does vitamin B5 do? 

  • Promotes lower blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels;
  • Speeds the healing of wounds, minor burns, irritations, and skin lesions (topical use).

Needs

The data does not allow nutritionists to calculate a recommended dietary allowance (RDA). Adequate intake (AI) of pantothenic acid is considered to be the amount required to offset the B5 eliminated in urine.

Adequate Intake of Vitamin B5: 

Age mg
Infants Birth to 12 months 1.7mg to 1.8mg
1 to 8 years 2mg to 3mg
Preteens 9 to 13 years 4mg
Teens/adults 14 and older 5mg
Pregnant women 6mg
Nursing mothers 7mg