Vitamin B5

Vitamin B5 or calcium pantothenate we use in the active form.

Scientific evidence

Once absorbed, vitamin B5 is converted into coenzyme A which is vital for the metabolism of carbohydrates, amino acids, fatty acids and the synthesis of steroids. It also acts on the nervous system and aids in the synthesis and repair of skin and mucous membranes.

Vitamin B5 deficiency is rare, as it occurs naturally in numerous nutrients. However, food processing (refining, freezing, canning, etc.) and frying can destroy this vitamin. Deficiency may be manifested by insomnia, cramping of leg muscles, numbness or burning sensation in hands and feet, fatigue, etc.

Good for

Mental and physical energy.

Found in

Shiitake mushrooms, royal jelly, wheat germ, whole grain bread, grains, organ meats, eggs, poultry, meat, ... in low doses.


Vitamin B5 is a particularly important, water-soluble vitamin required for numerous physiological processes in the body.

This vitamin helps in:

  • energy metabolism
  • the maintenance of normal mental performance
  • the metabolism of steroid hormones (cortisol, adrenaline, etc.)
  • the metabolism of vitamin D
  • the proper functioning of certain neurotransmitters.

Science in numbers

Alternative name

Pantothenic acid

Number of studies


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