Vitamin B5 - Pantothenic Acid

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Pantothenic acid has several functions, such as helping to release energy from food.

Good sources of pantothenic acid

Pantothenic acid is found in almost all meats and vegetables, including:

  • chicken
  • beef
  • potatoes
  • porridge
  • tomatoes
  • kidney
  • eggs
  • broccoli
  • wholegrains – such as brown rice and wholemeal bread

Breakfast cereals are also a good source if they have been fortified with pantothenic acid.

How much pantothenic acid do I need?

You should be able to get all the pantothenic acid you need from your daily diet, as it's found in many foods.

Pantothenic acid can't be stored in the body, so you need it in your diet every day.

What happens if I take too much pantothenic acid?

There's not enough evidence to know what the effects might be of taking high daily doses of pantothenic acid supplements.

What does the Department of Health advise?

You should be able to get all the pantothenic acid you need by eating a varied and balanced diet. If you take supplements, don't take too much as this might be harmful.

Taking 200mg or less a day of pantothenic acid in supplements is unlikely to cause any harm.

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