Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)

How does Pantothenic Acid (vitamin B5) work?

Pantothenic acid is important for our bodies to properly use carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids and for healthy skin.

Are there safety concerns?

Pantothenic acid is safe for most people when used in appropriate amounts. The recommended amount for adults is 5 mg per day. Even larger amounts seem to be safe for some people, but taking larger amounts increases the chance of having side effects such as diarrhea.

Pantothenic acid seems to be safe for children when used appropriately.

Pantothenic acid is safe for pregnant or breast-feeding women when taken in recommended amounts of 6 mg per day, but it is not known if taking more than this amount is safe.

Do not take pantothenic acid if:
  • You have the blood disorder called hemophilia. It can increase the risk of bleeding.
  • You have a stomach or intestinal blockage.

Dosing considerations for Pantothenic Acid (vitamin B5).

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

  • As a dietary supplement: 5-10 mg of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5).
Recommended daily intakes for pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) are as follows: Infants 0-6 months, 1.7 mg; infants 7-12 months, 1.8 mg; children 1-3 years, 2 mg; children 4-8 years, 3 mg; children 9-13 years, 4 mg; men and women 14 years and older, 5 mg; pregnant women, 6 mg; and breastfeeding women, 7 mg.

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