Vitamin B5 Test
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About Our Vitamin B5 Test
Note: Fasting is not required for this test.
Vitamin B5 is also called Pantothenic acid, which gets its name from the Greek root "pantos" meaning everywhere because it is widely available in a variety of foods.
This vitamin is necessary to synthesize cholesterol, produce red blood cells, maintain a healthy digestive tract and breakdown fats and carbohydrates.
A lot of vitamin B5 is lost when food is processed during refining, canning, and/or freezing food, so it is important to eat fresh foods.
Deficient B5 levels can lead to:
- Abdominal pain
- Muscle cramps
Major sources of vitamin B5 includes:
- Fresh meats, especially organ meat
- Egg yolks
- Fresh vegetables like corn, kale, broccoli
- Whole unprocessed grains
Extremely high doses of vitamin B5 may cause diarrhea and may increase the risk of bleeding.