Vitamin Breakdown Series (Part 6: Vitamin B5


This week marks the half way point of discussing all of the B vitamins. Just to recap, in prior weeks we have discussed thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), and we discussed whether a vitamin B4 existed. I have attached the links to these posts at the bottom of this post. This week we discuss the next B vitamin in the vitamin B family. Vitamin B5 is also known as Pantothenic Acid. So let’s discuss the background history and some basic information that might not be so basic to everyone.

Background History:

This particular vitamin is relatively new in terms of discovery when compared to other vitamins as this particular vitamin was first discovered in the early part of the 20th century in the 1930’s by professor and biochemist Roger J. Williams. He was able to isolate and produce it while he researched yeast. The name to vitamin B5, pantothenic acid, is derived from the Greek word “pantos” which means everywhere. It’s a perfect fit for this vitamin because it literally is everywhere in different kinds of food  we eat every day. 

Basics that are not so basic:

Like other B vitamins, its water soluble and is extremely rare to actually have a deficiency to this vitamin but there have been cases of this. In order to be deficient of this vitamin, you would have to go long periods of starvation because this vitamin is a staple in just about every kind of food you might eat on any given day. Being deficient in this vitamin can come with the side effect of losing feelings to your limbs but again this has only been found in extremely rare cases.

You might here the term “stress vitamin” thrown out there to describe this vitamin and that’s because this vitamin has been tied to hormones from the adrenal gland which affect how you handle stress. In short, this vitamin is a good guy to our bodies because it helps by producing anti-stress hormones and lowering our cholesterol. Vitamin B5 has also been used to treat Alzheimer’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis recently. There hasn’t been many overdose effects if any at all. However, if overconsumed it can cause stomach irritation and stomach pains that can result in diarrhea.

Food Sources for Vitamin B5:

Food sources for high amounts of Pantothenic Acid would be mushrooms, avocados, and eggs because pound for pound they offer the most bang for your buck. You can also find this vitamin in your whole grains whether that’s in your breads, pastas, or cereals. For protein lovers, like myself this is a vitamin is abundant in fish, chicken, beef.  Overall, I would say this vitamin would be difficult to have not in your diet already. This vitamin is the equivalent of your shadow because like your shadow it’s always with you regardless of what food you eat. Thanks for reading feel free to connect with me on twitter or any other social media platform.

Related Posts

Vitamin B1

Vitamin B2

Vitamin B3

Vitamin B4

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