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What is vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) used for?

Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) is used in the body to help cells release energy and to maintain a healthy nervous system. This vitamin also helps break down carbohydrates, proteins and fats that are found in other foods in the diet. Most people absorb this vitamin naturally in their diets. People who do not get enough vitamin B5 through food will need to take a vitamin B5 supplement to treat the deficiency.

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How does vitamin B5 work?
Stacy Wiegman, PharmDStacy Wiegman, PharmD
Vitamin B5, also known as pantothenic acid, is absorbed by the body through the foods that you eat. ...
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Are vitamin B5 supplements safe for pregnant or nursing women?
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It's possible for vitamin B5 supplements to be transferred to your fetus or baby through pregnan...
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Who should take vitamin B5?
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Everybody should ingest a certain amount of vitamin B5 in their diet. Vitamin B5 -- also called pant...
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What is the role of vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) in my body?
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Pantothenic acid, also called vitamin B5,, is required by dozens of enzymes that either produce ener...
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