In another episode of my series of posts on the ingredients that make up diet pills on the market, I take a look at pantothenic acid, otherwise known as Vitamin B5. I came across this ingredient when I was reading the nutritional label on my Shredz diet pills and was curious as to what purpose it serves. It is common in other dietary supplements, so there must be something behind it that makes it great for weight loss. Let’s find out exactly what it does!
What is Vitamin B5 Good For?
This is a water-soluble vitamin that helps your body convert carbohydrates into glucose, which in turn gives your body energy.
This property is very similar to biotin, another ingredient that you will find in Shredz and other diet pills.
You can find this vitamin in both plants and animals. It is rare that you have a deficiency of it through your normal food consumption.
However, to get the most benefit of it, it is wise to add more of it through supplementation to fully experience its weight loss and other health benefits. That said, let’s take a look at what advantages it provides.
Taking a vitamin B5 supplement alone won’t lead to losing weight, but it certainly won’t hurt. What this vitamin does is helps your body maintain proper metabolism and digestion of foods, according to studies. It basically takes the food that you consume and turns it into energy. The alternative to that is that your body creates fat stores with this food if it isn’t burned up by your metabolism.
With this increase in energy from your food intake, you can exercise longer without fatigue, better repair muscle and tissue. Once you have reached your goal weight through diet and exercise and supplementation, it can help you maintain your desired weight.
Studies have indicated that pantethine can help decrease the risk factors of cardiovascular disease (heart attack, stroke, etc.). This is because vitamin B5 can help the production of red blood cells, which increases circulation and transmission of cells. It also assists in the mobilization of iron, which helps to combat anemia and iron-deficiency diseases like fatigue and shortness of breath.
There is strong evidence that points to this vitamin aiding in the production of hormones in your body. Specifically, pantothenic acid interacts with the adrenal glands which are responsible for many hormonal functions. Additionally, it helps in regulating the level of cortisol in your body. Your body requires a small amount of this hormone to maintain a healthy metabolism.
Sources of Vitamin B5
This vitamin is abundant in our diets. You can find it in proteins like liver, fish, lobster (read more here on its health benefits), and poultry. Vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, corn, potatoes, and leafy greens have high pantothenic acid content. Additionally, you can find it most dairy products as well as legumes, nuts, grains, and mushrooms. An average adult should consume around 5-6 milligrams per day, which is easily attainable through a proper diet.