Nutrition: Pantothenic Acid is a member of the water-soluble B-vitamins and is also known as vitamin B5. Pantothenic acid is part of coenzyme A, the same coenzyme A that forms acetyl CoA and is crucial in energetic processes such as the Citric Acid Cycle. Pantothenic acid is involved in more than 100 steps in the synthesis of lipids, neurotransmitters, steroid hormones and hemoglobin. Pantothenic acid must be obtained from the diet but deficiency is rare because it is found in a wide variety of sources including meats, fish and cereals and legumes. Pantothenic acid has no known toxicity but side effects such as nausea and diarrhea have been noted in persons taking large doses of this vitamin.
Nutrition: Pantothenic Acid