What are the benefits of vitamin B5 (panthothenic acid)?

Dr. Rovenia Brock, PhD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Also known as vitamin B5, pantothenic acid helps support fatty acid synthesis and energy production in the body.
Howard S. Smith
Pain Medicine
Research suggests that people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may be partially deficient in pantothenic acid, a water-soluble vitamin. In one placebo-controlled trial, those with RA had less morning stiffness, disability, and pain when they took 2,000 milligrams of pantothenic acid per day. The Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) is 10 milligrams. While many doctors suggest therapeutic doses of pantothenic acid (sometimes as high as 2,000 milligrams for those with rheumatoid arthritis), the studies are not conclusive. Stick with your daily vitamin and mineral tablet to ensure getting adequate amounts of pantothenic acid, along with other necessary nutrients. The best food sources are brewer’s yeast, whole-grain breads and cereals, dried beans, avocados, fish, chicken, liver, nuts (pecans, hazelnuts), peanuts, cauliflower, mushrooms, potatoes, oranges, bananas, milk and cheese, and eggs.

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