Food Sources of Vitamin B5
- Vitamin B5 is known as pantothenic acid.
- This vitamin is found as coenzyme A (CoA) in every living cell and is necessary to sustain life.
- It is necessary for the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
- Vitamin B5 is essential in the production of melatonin.
- It helps to prevent graying of hair and fights wrinkles.
Foods that are a good source of vitamin B5 include:
- Whole grain
- Tomato products
- Egg yolk
- California avocado
- Wheat bran
- Sweet potatoes
Significant amounts are lost from highly processed foods, cooked or canned meat and vegetables.
Deficiency is known to cause decreased appetite, headache, fatigue, insomnia, numbness and burning of feet and hands and impaired antibody production.