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Pantothenic Acid (B-5) is one of the parts of the Vitamin B Complex. What is known about pantothenic acid indicates that it plays a vital, if somewhat secret, role in nutrition. The name comes from the Greek word "pathos," meaning universal and was chosen because Pantothenic Acid occurs in all living cells: in yeast, molds, bacteria, and individual cells of all plants and animals.
Deficiencies are hard to recognize but ailments seem to arise if it is absent in the diet. For example, when animals with dark colored fur are given a diet completely deficient in Pantothenic Acid, their hair turns almost completely gray. Dry skin and sometimes severe eczema develop and animals look as if they have aged almost overnight. Could it be that adequate Pantothenic Acid in the human diet could ward off the ravages of old age? Some nutritionists claim those people who keep their youthful looks into their middle and late years possibly have adequate amounts of Pantothenic Acid and their bodies are able to utilize this vitamin to the fullest. Making sure that you are obtaining sufficient amounts of Pantothenic Acid, that you have prematurely gray hair-or eczema-or any of the numerous other symptoms, then perhaps you need more than the average person.
In cases of Hypoglycemia, therapeutic dosages of 500-1,500 mgs. per day have been used (1,000 mgs. per day is needed for arthritis). For all practical purposes, one can say that this member of the B Complex group of vitamins is in reality the catalyst forming the adrenal hormones. Remember always to take a B- Complex with it.
Experiments have shown gray hair and eczema are a result of a deficiency, along with anemia, skin eruptions, baldness and wrinkles. When the vitamin has been added the hair returns to its former color and general overall good health resulted.
Experiments on people who had severe damage to the adrenal glands from lack of Pantothenic Acid improved. More research indicated that peripheral neuritis (inflammation of nerve endings) and alcoholic psychoses respond to Pantothenic Acid therapy. The alcoholic's chances are increased dramatically if enough Pantothenic Acid is added to the diet. One group of researchers discovered that the symptom of "burning feet," which was noted among prisoners of war in prison camps during World War II, was specifically improved with the administration of Pantothenic Acid. We need to emphasize huge quantities are needed.
If your body does not need the Pantothenic Acid, it will simply excrete it in the urine since all the vitamins are water soluble and will not cause damage if more is taken than the body needs. It is also thought that too little Pantothenic Acid interferes with certain intestinal bacteria which are thought to manufacturer other B Vitamins. If you are deficient in Pantothenic Acid, you may be deficient in all the other B's too! One of the striking examples of the possible link between Pantothenic Acid and gray hair was reported in the British Medical Journal by two English doctors who had studied poorly nourished children in the tropics. They reported that many of these children had gray hair, which was restored to normal color when Pantothenic Acid was added to the diet.
For optimum health, on an every day normal basis it has been estimated that you should get at least 100-300 mgs. daily. The daily diet should constantly be re-evaluated to see if it is missing the body's needs at a particular point in time. In times of stress, whether physical or emotional, more of everything is needed. According to Adelle Davis, a beefy, furrowed tongue indicates that a deficiency of Pantothenic Acid exists. She also says that severe eczema, especially those around the genitals, can be caused by a deficiency of this vitamin.
Pantothenic Acid (100 capsules)