Clayton's Health Facts: Pantothenic Acid.

Clayton South, SPN (ISSA), is a recognized expert in the bodybuilding / fitness industry with over 150 bodybuilding, fitness and nutrition publications to his credit.

What Is It?
And Where Does It Come From?

Pantothenic acid, or vitamin B5, is very plentiful in many of the foods we eat, and is found in all living things. In fact, scientists derived its name from the Greek root "panthos," which means "everywhere."

Most grains, vegetables, and meats contain pantothenic acid, as well as liver, yeast, salmon, eggs, and dairy products. It is also available as a high quality 92% pantothenic acid, 8% calcium enriched supplement from Bodybuilding.com.


What Does It Do?
And What Scientific Studies Give Evidence To Support This?


In addition to being involved in the Krebs cycle of energy production, Vitamin B5 is involved in the production of red blood cells and adrenal hormones. The body converts it to a catalyst called coenzyme A. This catalyst is very critical to energy production in the body. Vitamin B5 works with the other B vitamins to help in the ATP making process. It is ATP that accelerates the cells in the body, giving them the energy to run on. According to studies, vitamin B5 may reduce cholesterol levels and lower triglycerides in the body, additionally. Abnormalities in cells caused by diabetes have also been found to occur less frequently when vitamin B5 is supplemented. Experiments have also show that it could help with Rheumatoid arthritis.


Who needs it?
And what are some symptoms of deficiency?


Having a high level of energy is important to bodybuilders as athletes and just about anyone who is trying to get in shape! Although no one is usually deficient of Vitamin B5, supplementation can help people who have high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and/or rheumatoid arthritis.


How much should be taken?
Are there any side effects?


Between 10 and 20 mg of Vitamin B5 is a sufficient amount and would not cause any side effects. Even if vitamin B5 is consumed in very large quantities, the worst result would be diarrhea.

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