What is vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)?

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Vitamin B5 -- also called pantothenic acid -- is a vitamin found naturally in peas, beans, whole grains, meat and fish. This vitamin is important for aiding in the release of energy by cells and maintaining a healthy nervous system. Some people do not get enough of this vitamin in their diets and require a vitamin B5 supplement. You do not need a prescription to take a pantothenic acid supplement, which you ingest orally. It is relatively safe to take pantothenic acid and it is important for a complete and healthy diet.
 

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