Pantothenic acid, also known as vitamin B5, is required for your body to break down fats, proteins and carbohydrates.

Nutrient Reference Value (NRV)

5 mg

Food sources

  • Egg yolk
  • Organ meats
  • Whole-grain cereals

Problems associated with deficiency

  • Fatigue
  • “Burning feet syndrome” (feelings of burning or aching in the feet)
  • Deficiencies are rare

Functions/Potential benefits at recommended levels

  • Involved in converting carbohydrates, fats and proteins into energy
  • Necessary for the formation of nerve-regulating substances and hormones
  • Helps in tissue formation