Pantethine is a more active metabolite of pantothenic acid (Vitamin B-5) that is required by every cell. It is converted to coenzyme A (a cofactor involved in several metabolic pathways) and is necessary for the conversion of fats, carbohydrates and proteins into energy and many other metabolic functions. It is necessary for optimum lipid metabolism and can help reduce serum cholesterol. It is also necessary for proper gastrointestinal function and synthesis of neurotransmitters, hormones, bile and hemoglobin.
Pantothenic acid is referred to as the anti-stress vitamin since it is required for production of adrenal hormones involved in the fight-or-flight response and helps us to resist the detrimental effects of stress in general. It is useful in cases of depression and anxiety. Pantothenic acid also enhances stamina and delays fatigue, making it ideal for those involved in intense athletic or exercise programs.
Other uses of pantothenic acid include the utilization of other vitamins and improved healing of physical stress and injury including surgical scars. It plays a role in the formation of antibodies and enhances immune function. People with rheumatoid arthritis have been found to have significantly decreased levels of pantothenic acid in their blood and supplementation my help alleviate the disabling pain and stiffness associated with RA as well as osteoarthritis and discoid lupus. (See a qualified health care practitioner if you have any of these conditions.)
Other nutrients necessary for assimilation of pantothenic acid include the B-complex vitamins as well as Vitamins A, C and E. While pantothenic acid is very safe and non-toxic, if you are taking doses above 2,000 mg daily it should be done with the advice of a qualified health care practitioner.
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