Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) Benefits
Benefits of Pantothenic Acid are many. Some of them include:
1. Antioxidants – Pantothenic acid helps protect your cells from free radicals which cause damage to DNA and other vital structures in our body.
2. Anti-Inflammatory – Pantothenic acid reduces inflammation in the body.
3. Antibacterial – Pantothenic acid inhibits bacteria growth and prevents infections.
4. Astringent – Pantothenic acid causes blood vessels to constrict, thus reducing swelling and pain associated with arthritis, rheumatism, gouty arthritis, osteoarthritis and others.
5. Antifungal – Pantothenic acid inhibits fungal growth and kills fungi causing skin infections such as athlete’s foot, ringworm, candida overgrowth or yeast infection.
6. Anti-Aging – Pantothenic acid protects against age related diseases such as wrinkles, loss of elasticity and hair loss.
7. Blood Sugar Control – Pantothenic acid regulates blood sugar levels in the body and controls diabetes mellitus type 2 (T2DM).
8. Cellular Energy – Pantothenic acid enhances energy production in individual cells of the body.
9. Cholesterol – Pantothenic acid is essential for synthesis of cholesterol and thus is necessary for the formation of steroid hormones such as cortisol, estrogen and testosterone.
10. Digestion – Pantothenic acid helps break down carbohydrates, fats and proteins as well as producing the digestive juices.
11. Fatigue – Pantothenic acid reduces fatigue and increases energy levels in the body.
12. Food Poisoning – Pantothenic acid is required for protection against food poisoning by bacteria such as E.
coli, Salmonella or Campylobacter (Campylobacter infection).
13. Hemorrhoids – Pantothenic acid reduces risk of hemorrhoids (a painful swelling of veins in the rectum and/or lower bowel).
14. Immune System – Pantothenic acid is vital for proper functioning of immune system.
It supports and enhances activity of both cells and molecules of the immune system.
15. Infertility – Pantothenic acid helps increase the chances of getting pregnant by women.
16. Insomnia – Pantothenic acid improves quality and duration of sleep and fights insomnia.
17. Jet Lag – Pantothenic acid relieves the fatigue caused by jet lag, that is, the discomfort experienced when your bodies are not in sync with different time zones and sleeping patterns.
18. Mood – Pantothenic acid is necessary for a good mood, feeling happy and relaxed as well as dealing with stress.
19. Nausea – Pantothenic acid reduces nausea (such as morning sickness during pregnancy).
20. Osteoporosis – Pantothenic acid slows down the progression of osteoporosis (brittle bone disease) in post-menopausal women and other men and women alike.
21. Muscle Growth – Pantothenic acid is necessary for the production of the growth hormone (somatotropin) which is necessary for muscle growth.
22. Obesity – Pantothenic acid reduces the risk of becoming obese and protects against obesity-related diseases such as heart disease, high cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes mellitus type 2.
Sources & references used in this article:
The ABCs of Vitamins: Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) by B Sly – breakingmuscle.com
Pantothenic acid, vitamin C, and biotin play important roles in the growth of Lactobacillus helveticus by C Yao, J Chou, T Wang, H Zhao, B Zhang – Frontiers in Microbiology, 2018 – frontiersin.org
B vitamin acquisition by gut commensal bacteria by EE Putnam, AL Goodman – PLoS Pathogens, 2020 – journals.plos.org
Pantothenic acid by B Sly – breakingmuscle.com
The ABCs of Vitamins: Vitamin B7 (Biotin) by RB Rucker, K Bauerly – Handbook of Vitamins, 2007 – books.google.com
The ABCs of membrane transporters in health and disease (SLC series): introduction by B Sly – breakingmuscle.com