Vitamin Atlas

Vitamin B5: Pantothenic Acid

Vitamin B5: Pantothenic Acid

Like all the B vitamins, B5 dissolves in water and plays a role in converting food into fuel. Vitamin B5 also helps your body make red blood cells and stress hormones like adrenaline. Most foods you eat have some B5, as do some popular brands of shampoo.

What Types of Food Have Pantothenic Acid?

Pantothenic Acid in the World: Filipino Famines

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  • General Cellular Function

General Cell Function

In your body, Vitamin B5 is part of a larger molecule, known as Coenzyme A (CoA). CoA is an essential part of the process of breaking down carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into useful energy.

General Cellular Function

In addition to breaking down big molecules into energy, Vitamin B5 and CoA can also help the process go the other way. Using energy and small molecules, Vitamin B5 and CoA help make fats, cholesterols, steroids, and neurotransmitters—all of which are crucial to the proper functioning of your cells.