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Vitamin B5 - the beauty vitamin - pantothenic acid

Pantothenic acid is contained in almost all kinds of food – thus a deficiency is not very common.
 
Beauty ...
Growth of hair, pigment coating of hair and the skin metabolism are important functional areas of vitamin B5. Here pantothenic acid works together with all vitamins of the B-group and also with vitamin C and A. They all are involved in a good consistence of skin and hair.
 
Wound healing ...
Vitamin B5 is added to many ointments. It can enter into deeper layers of the skin to evolve its healing effect there.
 
Additional functions ....
The energy-metabolism, the decomposition and conversion of fats, carbohydrates, proteins and also the vitamin D production cannot take place without vitamin B5.
 
Therapeutically, vitamin B5 is used in applied nutritional medicine for the following disorders: allergy, constipation, respiratory tract disorders and arthritis.
 
Vitamin B5 is absorbed poorly, if much stress, coffee, alcohol are engaged. Is this the case, and symptoms like depressions, anxiety states, weekness, exhaustion, lack of appetite, headaches, bruxism, bad muscle-coordination, cramps, deafness or prickle appear, it may be the time to think about a vitamin B5 deficiency.
 
You should take care, that vitamin B5 is going to be destroyed when heated. Together with other B-vitamins, especially folic acid and biotin, vitamin B5 is absorbed particularly well.
 
Literature: Gesund durch ausreichend Vitamine, Mineralstoffe & Spurenelemente, Nährstoff-Akademie Salzburg; ISBN: 3-902472-00-6

DOSAGE - VITAMIN B5

RDA* 6 mg
Nutritional/medical dosage 50 - 1000 mg
*RDA = recommended daily allowance  

Vitamin B5 - sources

  mg/100g 6 mg corresponds to:
beef liver 8,0 75 g = 1/2 portion
chicken liver 7,0 86 g = 1/2 portion
egg yolk 3,6 167 g = 6 yolks
yeast 3,5 171 g = 4 cubes
boletus 2,7 220 g = 2 1/2 portions
peanuts 1,82 330 g = 600 pieces