Kristen Zaier, ​​Plant-Based RD

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​How Much Pantothenic Acid Do I Need?


  • AI for Adults is 5 mg/d

  • Upper Limit- not determined


Adequate Intake (AI) is developed when there is not enough scientific data to establish a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA)


Why Do I Need Pantothenic Acid?


Pantothenic acid is critical to many enzyme reactions and is involved in:


  • ​Energy production from carbohydrates, fats and proteins

  • Synthesis of lipids, neurotransmitters, steroid hormones and hemoglobin


Plant-Based Sources


  • Pantothenic acid is in all plants with whole grains, mushrooms, avocados and broccoli being particularly rich sources


Notes


  • Both deficiency and toxicity of pantothenic acid are very rare

  • Pantothenic acid gets its name from the Greek word "pantos" which means "everywhere" so getting adequate amounts of this B vitamin is not a problem and deficiencies are only observed in the extremely malnourished 

Pantothenic Acid