Vitamin B5 Monograph

Scientific name of Vitamin B5:
Pantothenic Acid

Action of Vitamin B5:
Energy production and transport, vital component for Acetylcholine production

Vitamin B5 is used for these functions in the body and brain:
Neurological health; nervous system function; immune system response

Find Vitamin B5 in these Clarocet blends:

Clarocet NRI® Immediate Response Capsules™
promote fast-acting relaxation when you need it most.

Clarocet ERT® Extended Release Tablets™
promote positive mood balance all day strong.

Clarocet CS® Controlled Release Tablets™
promote long-lasting energy and mental sharpness.

Clarocet PM® Rapid Release Capsules™
promote a deep, restful night's sleep.

Clarocet Junior® Easy-to-Swallow Tablets™
support Emotional Wellness in kids ages 7 thru 13.

An Overview of Vitamin B5

B5, or Pantothenic Acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that is found in foods such as legumes, whole-grain cereals, white and sweet potatoes, broccoli, cabbage, fish, eggs and dairy products.

Vitamin B5 supplementation has been shown to provide positive support for:

  • Fatigue
  • Emotional stress
  • Lack of focus or mental clarity
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances

Pantothenic Acid is an essential vitamin that the body is unable to produce on its own. Therefore, it must be replenished every day through the diet and/or supplementation. Pantothenic Acid deficiency may result in fatigue, insomnia, constipation and intestinal distress.

Science and Pharmacology of Vitamin B5

B5, or Pantothenic Acid, is a cofactor. Cofactors are the most important components required to maintain fundamental processes throughout the body. Basic nervous system functions such as neurotransmitter synthesis and healthy cell-to-cell communication would not be possible without the presence of necessary vitamin, mineral and amino acid cofactors.

Supplementing a balanced diet with Vitamin B5 has been clinically shown to promote healthy cognitive functions such as focus and mental clarity. Because of its nutritive value, Pantothenic Acid is used in several Clarocet formulations along with other essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids that are associated with healthy nervous system function.

Vitamin B5 Safety and Usage

Recommended Daily Allowances (RDAs) are the amounts of vitamins and minerals needed to provide for adequate nutrition in most healthy persons. RDAs for a given nutrient may vary depending on a person’s age, sex and physical condition, including considerations like pregnancy.

This chart shows the recommended daily amounts of Vitamin B5 for different groups:

Infants and children (Birth to 3  years) 2 – 3 mg
4 to 6 years of age 3 – 4 mg 
7 to 10 years of age 4 – 5 mg
 Adolescent and adult males 4 – 7 mg  
Adolescent and adult females 4 – 7 mg

What are the potential side effects of Vitamin B5?

Side effects have not been reported as a result of Vitamin B5 use.

Is Vitamin B5 safe for children?

Vitamin B5 is generally well tolerated when used in children. Because each child is unique, Vitamin B5 should be administered under the supervision of a professional healthcare provider.

Does Vitamin B5 adversely interact with prescription drugs?

Vitamin B5 has no known contraindications. If you are taking a prescription medication, it is recommended that you consult with your prescribing doctor before making any changes or additions to your current treatment plan.

What precautions should I take before beginning Vitamin B5?

Consult with your healthcare provider before beginning a wellness plan that includes dietary supplements like Vitamin B5.

Vitamin B5 Clinical Studies

1. Pantothenic acid transport and metabolism in the central nervous system.
Spector R.
Am J Physiol. 1986 Feb;250(2 Pt 2):R292-7. PMID: 3080905 [Read the Abstract]

2. Effects of ethanol and pantothenic acid on brain acetylcholine synthesis.
Rivera-Calimlim L, Hartley D, Osterhout D.
Department of Pharmacology, University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry
Br J Pharmacol. 1988 Sep;95(1):77-82. PMID: 3219477 [Read the Abstract]

3. Cytidinediphosphocholine (CDP choline) for cognitive and behavioural disturbances associated with chronic cerebral disorders in the elderly.
Fioravanti M, Yanagi M.
Department of Psychiatric Science and Psychological Medicine, University of Rome, Italy
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2004;(2):CD000269. PMID: 15106147 [Read the Abstract]

4. Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)
US National Library of Mental Health
Medline Plus Rev.: Jul. 16, 2004 [Read the Abstract]

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Last Updated: February 2015 [PHMF-03-0]