What is vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) used for?

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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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