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Vitamin B5 is also known as pantothenic acid. It is one of the 8 water-soluble B vitamins and is converted to Pantethine in the body. Pantethine is not a vitamin.Although Vitamin B5 is available in many foods (pantos is Greek for plentiful) namely animal products, green leafy vegetables and unprocessed grains, it is however broken down during the processing of foods. Bacteria in the colon also make pantothenic acid but it isn't known whether people absorb their own self manufactured B5 in significant amounts.
Pantothenic Acid is needed in the manufacture of Coenzyme A (CoA) (See Acetyl-CoA Support Formula) and acyl carrier protein (ACP), two compounds that are critical in burning fats and carbohydrates in energy metabolism. Pantothenic acid not only helps the body convert carbohydrates to Glucose (for energy) but also helps the body use stored fats. For this reason it is commonly used for sports performance among athletes. It is also used by the body to make proteins, hormones, red blood cells and neurotransmitters including acetylcholine.
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