Vitamin B5 plays an important role in processing of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. It contributes to the energy supply. In addition, vitamin B5 is important in the development of a number of hormones and ensures a proper functioning of the nervous system. Vitamin B5 is part of the vitamin B complex.
Vitamin B5 is found in many foods: meat (especially liver and other offal), fish, eggs, potatoes, milk and milk products, cereals, fruits and vegetables.
- Helps in resistance to stress. Vitamin B5 supports in exciting times, in stressful situations and during busy work.
- Is needed for the recovery of our tissues.
- Helps in development and breakdown of proteins, fats and carbohydrates from food and drink.
- Important for the production of vitamin D, steroid hormones and some neurotransmitters.
- Supports energy level and helps in case of fatigue, especially for releasing energy from fatty acids.
- Good for the nervous system.
Because vitamin B5 is present in many foods, a shortage of vitamin B5 occurs only in case of severe malnutrition. As a result of a long and severe shortage, a burning or painful sensation in the feet can arise (the ‘burning feet’ syndrome). People suffering from depression may also have to deal with a shortage of this vitamin.
Adverse effects due to excessive intake of vitamin B5 are very rare. Very high doses may cause diarrhea.
- Vitamin B5 is stable under normal conditions, but can be broken down in case of high humidity and exposure to oxygen.
- Vitamin B5 is found in the liver, kidneys, brain and heart.