Pantothenic acid (B5)
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)
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.
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.
The brain needs to create neurotransmitters in order for nerve cells to transmit signals. Pantothenic acid has an essential role in this.
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.