- Vitamin B5 or pantothenic acid helps in cell building, maintaining normal growth and development of the central nervous system.
- It stimulates the adrenal glands and increases the production of cortisone and other adrenal hormones.
- It is essential for conversion of fatty and sugar to energy.
- It also helps guard against most physical and mental stresses and toxins and increases vitality.
- The main sources of this vitamin are whole grain bread and cereals, green vegetables, peas, beans, peanuts and egg yolk.
- It can be synthesized in the body by intestinal bacteria.
- A deficiency can cause chronic fatigue, hypoglycemia, greying and loss of hair, mental depression, stomach disorders, and blood and skin disorders.
- The minimum daily requirement of this vitamin has not been established, but is estimated to be between 30 and 50 mg a day.
- The usual therapeutic doses are 50 to 200 mg.
- In some studies, 1,000 mg or more were given daily for six months without side effects.
- It is useful in the treatment of insomnia, low blood pressure and hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.
CATHERINE SHALINI RAJA
CARDIO RESPIRATORY PHYSICAL THERAPIST
FITNESS & SPORTS REHABILITATION SPECIALIST.