About Vitamin B5

Vitamin B 5 (Pantothenic acid) helps produce full, healthy hair and stronger nails by stimulating vitamin utilization and releasing energy from food. With Folic acid, it can help to restore your hair’s natural color and may aid in preventing hair loss.

Pantothenic acid was discovered in 1933 by Dr. R. J. Williams and was found to be a true vitamin shortly thereafter. Its name is derived from the Greek word pantos that means “everywhere”, which is appropriate for this widely distributed vitamin. PANTOTHENIC ACID (vitamin B5) plays a still-undefined role in the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.

Mouse models identified skin irritation and loss of hair color as possible results of severe pantothenic acid deficiency. * As a result, the cosmetic industry began adding pantothenic acid to various cosmetic products, including shampoo.

Pantothenic acid is an integral part of coenzyme A and plays the important role of decarboxylating pyruvate in the citric acid cycle. Clinically, pantothenic acid is necessary for the synthesis of red blood cells, steroid metabolism, neuron activity, and stimulation of antibody production.

Along with other B vitamins, pantothenic acid is required for converting food to energy, building red blood cells, making bile, and synthesizing fats, adrenal gland steroids, antibodies, acetylcholine and other neurotransmitters. Pantothenic acid in dexpanthenol lotions and creams relieves the pain of burns, cuts, and abrasions, reduces skin inflammations, and speeds wound healing.

The RDA for men is 10 mcg and women is 8 mcg.

Common sources of pantothenic acid are cheese, corn, eggs, liver, meats, peanuts, peas soybeans, brewer’s yeast, and wheat germ. Because of its wide occurance, pantothenic acid deficiency is very rare unless specifically engineered for the purposes of biochemical investigations.


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* Participates in the release of energy from carbohydrates, fats & protein
* aids in the utilization of vitamins
* improves the body’s resistance to stress
* helps in cell building & the development of the central nervous system
* helps the adrenal glands
* fights infections by building antibodies


* painful & burning feet
* skin abnormalities
* retarded growth
* dizzy spells
* digestive disturbances
* vomiting
* restlessness
* stomach stress
* muscle cramps


I know a man who took a combo of 15000 IU Vitamin A and 1g Vitamin B5 (after using Minoxidil 5% for 2 yrs with no results) and regrow some hair. In his case he had cystic acne and this helped. He believes vitamin A, B5 along with his topical application of a mixture of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) + Cayenne Pepper melted away sebum, and that sebum is the main cause of hair loss.




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  2. G. David Novelli (1953). “Metabolic Functions of Pantothenic Acid”. Physiol Rev 33 (4): 525–43. PMID 13100068.
  3. Schalock PC, Storrs FJ, Morrison L. (2000). “Contact urticaria from panthenol in hair conditioner”. Contact Dermatitis 43 (4): 223. doi:10.1034/j.1600-0536.2000.043004223.x. PMID 11011922.
  4. D.W. Woolley (1941). “Identification of the mouse antialopecia factor”. J. Biol. Chem. 139 (1): 29–34.
  5. Shun Ishibashi , Margrit Schwarz , Philip K. Frykman , Joachim Herz and David W. Russell (1996). “Disruption of Cholesterol 7-Hydroxylase Gene in Mice, I. Postnatal lethality reversed by bile acid and vitamin supplementation”. J. Biol. Chem. 271 (30): 18017–18023. doi:10.1074/jbc.271.30.18017. PMID 8663429.
  6. C. Smith, W. Song (1996). “Comparative nutrition of pantothenic acid”. The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry 7 (6): 312–321. doi:10.1016/0955-2863(96)00034-4.

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