Vitamin B5 or as the doctors like to call it, pantothenic acid, operates in a similar manner to other B complex vitamins, but goes beyond just converting carbs to glucose. B5 plays an important role in helping your body utilize all of the benefits from the fats and protein you take in - meaning you need it for healthy skin, hair, eyes and liver. Even your nervous system is positively affected by pantothenic acid.
Physical benefits: Not only does B5 help provide you with the energy you need for everyday, it also helps to reduce fat stored in your blood. High cholesterol anyone? There are actually good and bad versions of cholesterol called HDL and LDL, respectively. Some studies have noted a correlation between B5 supplements intake and a decrease of bad cholesterol and simultaneous increase in good cholesterol levels in blood.
Remember B5 helps keep your skin healthy? Researchers aren’t totally clear on why, but B5 has been known to help keep your skin fresh and moisturized. In this same regard, B5 supplements can help speed up the healing process after surgeries, especially when paired with vitamin C. So, while we haven’t found the vitamin with magical healing powers yet, speeding up the healing process with this vitamin in your morning brew definitely can’t hurt.
One more important physical benefit B5 may have is the improvement of rheumatoid arthritis symptos, like stiffness and pain in the mornings. More studies are needed to confirm, but lower levels of pantothenic acid have been correlated with more severe RA symptoms.
Mood benefits: B5 directly affects your adrenal glands sitting on top of your kidneys, which control your sex and stress-related hormones. Knowing that, it makes sense that pantothenic acid has been known to lower stress and anxiety levels, directly leading to minimizing depression, irritability, fatigue and insomnia. The vitamin has even decreased stomach pain, further improving one’s sense of wellness.
Who should take B5: Since B5 seems to lower cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, this could be especially beneficial for people suffering from high cholesterol and diabetes. Luckily, B5 can be found in a variety of foods, including many plants and animals foods, but supplementing those dietary sources is not a bad idea for most adults. There is no determined tolerable upper limit for the B5, meaning that toxicity from over-consumption of B5 is very rare.
B5 supplements are a great addition to your other healthy, morning rituals. That’s why we made it a part of our signature vitamin blend. You can get B5 along with our other beneficial vitamins directly in your morning cup of coffee or tea.
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