Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Pantothenic Acid: Role in the Body & Benefits

Role in the Body
Pantothenic acid, sometimes referred to as vitamin B5, is used by the body to make coenzyme A, an enzyme needed to break down fats and carbohydrates into usable energy. It is also important in red blood cell production, synthesis of cholesterol and hormones, nerve transmission, and healthy adrenal gland functions.

Dietary Sources
Found in most foods, the good sources include: meat, eggs, saltwater fish, milk, mushrooms, beans and fresh vegetables.

Who Is at Risk for Deficiency?

No known toxicity.

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