Spotlight on Vitamin B5

Spotlight on Vitamin B5
  • Vitamin B5, is known as Pantothenic acid, the active form is Pantethine.
  • It’s often known as the “anti-stress” vitamin, by boosting your adrenals, so helps anxiety, depression and that tired yet wired feeling.
  • It helps to prevent chronic inflammatory conditions of the digestive system that can stem from Candida overgrowth, such as IBS & Crohn’s Disease.
  • Studies have shown that vitamin B5 can result in a reduction in the growth of parasites and reduce the growth of bad bacteria. 
  • Plays a role in the breakdown of fats and carbohydrates for energy.
  • B5 helps the body create red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body.
  • Vitamin B5 is also important in maintaining a healthy digestive tract. It helps in the production of important nutrients such as glucosamine, which is essential for supporting the gastrointestinal tract and healthy joints.
  • It’s required for the formation of antibodies in the immune system.
  • It allows vitamin B2 to do its job, and vitamin B2 is involved in the prevention and treatment of anemia.
  • Vitamin B5 has moisturising effects on the skin.
  • Cardiovascular health: Vitamin b5 helps to reduce cholesterol levels.
  • It can help numbness and burning sensations in the hands and feet.
  • Panthethine helps support the liver to improve your detox pathways to expel the toxic byproducts of candida, mould etc.
  • Candida: Acetaldehyde is one of the toxic byproducts released by the candida yeast during its growth and die-off phase. It’s a nasty chemical that affects your gut, endocrine, neurological and immune systems, often resulting in brain fog commonly associated with candida. B5 is thought to help reduce levels of acetaldehyde.
  • Other B5 deficiency symptoms include sleep issues, depression, fatigue, stomach pains and upper respiratory infections.
  • Since vitamin B5 is involved in a wide variety of biological functions, deficiencies of the vitamin may not be easily identified or may be masked by other nutrient deficiencies.

The most important sources of vitamin B5 include salmon, avocado, sunflower seeds, broccoli and lentils. If people are low in B5, sometimes foods aren’t enough and you may need a top up from a supplement.

Please note: I don’t recommend taking B5 alone. B vitamins need to be taken in balance with the other B vitamins.

Sources of info:

https://draxe.com/vitamin-b5/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC547364/

https://www.drlam.com/blog/about-vitamin-b5/