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The health benefits of vitamin B5

by Natasha Whiting |

The health benefits of vitamin B5

Vitamin B5, also known as pantothenic acid, is present in a huge number of cells throughout the body and has a number of health benefits, including:

Healthy red blood cell production

Vitamin B5 plays a crucial role in the body's ability to produce healthy red blood cells when required. Red blood cells carry essential nutrients around the body, such as oxygen, which can impact various different bodily functions. Vitamin B5 deficiency can lead to anaemia, which can result in dizziness, tiredness and muscle cramps and can lead to difficulties in concentration as your cells are not receiving the nutrients they require in order to function properly.

Vitamin D synthesis

Vitamin D plays an essential role in helping the body to absorb calcium. Without sufficient levels of vitamin D, our bone mineral density can reduce, which can lead to fractures and osteoporosis. Vitamin D deficiency can also lead to symptoms of depression, muscle pain, fatigue and a weaker immune system. In order for the body to effectively absorb vitamin D, you must have a sufficient level of vitamin B5.

Energy metabolism

The nutrients that we consume in food can not be automatically utilised by the body. First, these nutrients must pass through the digestive system. The molecular process of digestion begins by the breaking down of food via the enzymes in our saliva. Then, the fats, proteins and carbohydrates are further broken down in our digestive tract via the citric acid cycle. One of the main substances in the citric acid cycle is coenzyme A, which is generated from vitamin B5. Without sufficient levels of vitamin B5 in your body, it will be more difficult to absorb nutrients from your food, which can lead to lethargy.

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