Vitamin B5 is one of the most important vitamins for human life. It’s necessary for making blood cells and helps you convert the food you eat to energy. It’s got other uses too. Read on to find out what they are.
Vitamin B5 is one of eight B vitamins. All B vitamins help you convert the protein, carbohydrates and fats you eat into energy. They're also needed for healthy skin, hair, and eyes, and help the nervous system and liver work properly.
Vitamin B5 has other important functions, too. It helps you maintain a healthy digestive tract and is critical in making red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body.
Vitamin B5 is the easiest vitamin to get in your diet. It’s found in most vegetables — especially broccoli and members of the cabbage family — plus white and sweet potatoes and whole-grain cereals.
B5’s other name, pantothenic acid, comes from the ancient Greek word “pantothen,” which means “from everywhere.”
  • mushrooms
  • nuts
  • beans
  • peas
  • lentils
  • meats
  • poultry
  • dairy products
  • eggs
All B vitamins are water-soluble, which means your body can’t store them. The best way to make sure you're getting enough vitamin B5 is to eat a healthy, balanced diet every day.
As with most nutrients, the recommended intake of vitamin B5 varies by age.