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Who should take vitamin B5?

Everybody should ingest a certain amount of vitamin B5 in their diet. Vitamin B5 -- also called pantothenic acid -- 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. Your doctor will recommend a specific dosage if you need to be taking extra vitamin B5.
 

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