(Uses): Found in every living cell and is important to metabolism; Helps counteract stress; Important for healthy skin and nerves; Stimulates peristalsis; Used in the treatment of allergies, arthritis, asthma, headaches, infections, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, and psoriasis.
(Deficiency): Fatigue, depression, digestive symptoms, blood sugar problems, lowered immune responses, insomnia, tingling in hands and feet, muscle cramps, and recurring upper respiratory infections.
(Food Sources): Beef, brewer’s yeast, eggs, fresh vegetables, kidney, legumes, liver, mushrooms, nuts, pork, royal jelly, saltwater fish, rye flour.
(Herbal Sources): Alfalfa, burdock root, nettle, yellow dock.
(RDA): 5 mg/ day for children and 10 mg/ day for adults. However, it is thought that the requirements should be increased to 50 -100 mg/ day for maximum benefits.
(Assimilation): It is possible that if B5 is taken with out the other B vitamins, that it could create a metabolic imbalance.