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Pantothenic Acid is the common name for Vitamin B5 and works in the body to help release energy from the food we eat. Pantothenic acid is also utilized by the adrenal glands which are used by your body to deal with stress and shock. Vitamin B5 is also important for the production of healthy fats in the cells of your body.

Food sources
Good sources of Vitamin B5 or Pantothenic Acid include liver, kidneys, red meat and fish such as salmon, trout and mackerel. Avocados, yogurt, beans and lentils are also high in Pantothenic acid.

Daily requirement
The European Commission daily requirement for Vitamin B5 or Pantothenic Acid is 6mcg for both men and women. In the United States, the recommendations are considerably higher at 10 micrograms daily. There are no UK set daily recommended allowance figures.

Deficiency
As Pantothenic acid or Vitamin B5 occurs naturally in the body, a dietary dificiency is extremely unlikely. However, external factors such as alcohol abuse can effect the body's ability to absorb the vitamin.

Possible symptoms of pantothenic acid deficiency include irritability, fatigue, and apathy. Is some cases, neurological symptoms such as numbness and paresthesia can also occur.

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