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How much vitamin B5 should I take to help my cholesterol levels?

Talk to your doctor about whether you should take vitamin B5, also known as pantothenic acid, for your cholesterol and, if so, what would be the right dose for you. In studies, when people with high cholesterol took three daily doses of 300 milligrams (mg) of pantethine (a derivative of pantothenic acid), they were able to lower their total levels of cholesterol and triglyceride (a form of blood fat) more than people who took a placebo. One study of perimenopausal women found that 900 mg daily of pantethine lowered LDL (bad cholesterol) levels and total cholesterol levels without side effects. Pantethine is available as a supplement. Pantothenic acid is found in many foods including eggs, chicken, whole grains, avocados and potatoes.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
I recommend taking a 300 mg of vitamin B5 (panothenic acid) to decrease LDL "bad" cholesterol and raise HDL "good" cholesterol. No side effects have been seen yet in people taking this daily dosage of vitamin B5.
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