Vitamin B5 Pantothenic Acid
Pantothenic acid is very common – its name comes from the Greek root pantos, which means “everywhere”. Pantothenic acid is involved in over a hundred critical body processes, including energy production and the manufacture of steroids, hormones, neurotransmitters and hemoglobin.
Pantothenic Acid and Coenzyme A
Pantothenic acid is an essential component of coenzyme A, a catalyst for many chemical reactions. Coenzyme A plays a broad role in producing energy and distributing glucose, fatty acids and proteins throughout the body. Our bodies also use coenzyme A to detoxify tissues.
Other Uses of Pantothenic Acid
Preliminary research indicates that calcium D-pantothenate (a form of pantothenic acid) may enhance wound healing. Additionally, pantethine, a derivative of pantothenic acid, may reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels.