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Pantothenic acid (B5)

Find out why pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) is important for brain care.
Sophie Medlin
Head of Nutritional Research
March 16, 2020
2 min read

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.


Evidence

Here’s a handful of relevant scientific studies on vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid).

  • Kennedy, D. O. (2016). B vitamins and the brain: mechanisms, dose and efficacy—a review. Nutrients, 8(2), 68.
  • Pitkin, R. M., Allen, L. H., Bailey, L. B., & Bernfield, M. (2000). Dietary Reference Intakes for Thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin B12, Pantothenic acid, biotin and choline. Washington, DC.

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This product is not designed to replace a varied and balanced diet. Do not exceed stated dose. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or taking any medication, please consult your doctor before use. Do not use it if the sachet has been opened. Store in a cool, dry place. Keep out of reach of children.