Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) Supplement Benefits and Dosage
Find out why pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) is important for brain care.
Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) functions
Vitamin B5 has the following functions:
Essential for enzyme function
Structure and function of brain cells
Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) dosage
The Nutrient Reference Value (NRV) recommends around 6mg a day. Heights Smart Supplement contains 50mg (equal to a whole beef liver or 25 avocados), this is 833% of the NRV. The NRV is really the minimum amount and higher doses are suggested to be beneficial. There are also no suggested negative side effects from taking this higher dose.
This is why we choose to include a higher dose of pantothenic acid to make sure you are getting all the benefits from the vitamin B5.
Pantothenic acid research
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.
Pantothenic acid and the 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.
Pantothenic acid (vitamin b5) benefits
Essential for releasing energy from food
Making blood cells
Structure and function of the brain cells
Plays well with
B5 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.