Nutrition and Information Guide: Pantothenic Acid

About the vitamin pantothenic acid, nutritional information guide, uses, effects of deficiency, good sources of pantothenic acid.

Pantothenic Acid

Use in the Body: Necessary for the functioning of the adrenal gland, which directly affects growth, and for the maintenance of healthy skin and nerves. Also essential for formation of cholesterol and fatty acids. Participates in the release of energy from carbohydrates, fats, and proteins and in the use of other vitamins, especially to withstand stress. May prevent graying of hair.

Deficiency May Lead to: Malfunction of the adrenal gland, irritability, dizziness, loss of appetite, stomach distress, constipation, numbness, tingling and burning sensations of the feet, increased susceptibility to infection, fatigue, breathlessness, fainting spells, depression, headaches, sleep disturbances.

Notes: Present in all living cells. More stable in a warm cooking liquid than in dry cooking. Easily destroyed by acid, such as vinegar, or alkali, such as baking soda.

Best Sources: Brewers' yeast, organ meats, legumes, eggs, whole grains.

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