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Small levels of pantothenic acid are found in most of our foodstuffs; however, animal meat is by far the the major source of this vitamin. Although the level found in animal meats is only about half that in human muscle tissue. Whole grains are another good source of the vitamin. Unfotunately, because it's found in the husks and the outer layers of whole grains, the milling process used for making flour removes much of the pantothenic acid.
Vegetables, such as avocados and broccoli also have an abundance of vitamin B5.
In animal feeds the important sources are alfalfa, cereal, condensed fish solutions, peanut meal, molasses, mushrooms, rice, wheat bran, and yeasts. The most significant sources of pantothenic acid in nature are coldwater fish ovaries and royal jelly.
Pantothenic acid is a known stamina enhancer and is required for the normal functioning of our gastro-intestinal tracts. A deficiency of pantothenic acid may cause a tingling of the hands, fatigue, or headaches and nausea. However, deficiencies are relatively rare and have not been thoroughly studied.
In a few cases where deficiency has been observed, in victims of starvation and limited volunteer trials, nearly all symptoms can be reversed with the return of pantothenic acid. A common supplemental form of vitamin B6 is calcium pantothenate, which is often used as a dietary supplement because it is more stable than pantothenic acid in the digestive process, and may improve oxygen utilization efficiency and reduce lactic acid accumulation in athletes
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
More than any other nutrient, this vitamin is involved in more bodily functions than any other, and, it affects both our physical and our mental health. It is needed by our nervous systems, for normal cell growth and for normal brain function. Vitamin B6 also plays a crucial role in the synthesis of the nucleic acids DNA and RNA which are the carriers of the genetic instructions for the normal growth of cells.
It also activates certain enzymes, helps in the absorption of Vitamin B12, and aids in the production of anti-bodies, and the strengthening of the immune system. Vitamin B6 is known to inhibit the formation of a toxic body chemical called homocystein; this chemical attacks the heart muscle and causes the deposition of harmful cholesterol around the heart muscle.