Pantothenic Acid and PABA


Pantothenic acid is essential to the adrenal glands for production of the glucocorticoids. It forms pantethine in the body, which then converts to coenzyme-A—the most active metabolic enzyme in the human body needed to produce cellular energy.[1] D-calcium pantothenate contains 91.96% pantothenic acid and is the usual supplemental form.

Vitamin B6, acting as a coenzyme, has a role in the conversion of muscle glycogen to glucose, which is needed for a proper response to stressors; the synthesis of serotonin; and the support of the immune function.[2]

PABA has a role in amino acid metabolism and is needed to manufacture folic acid.

 

Scientific Research and Evidence

1. National Institutes of Health. Office of Dietary Supplements. Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Vitamin B6. http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminB6- HealthProfessional/. Updated September 15, 2011. Accessed March 29, 2012.

2. University of Maryland Medical Center. Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid). www. umm.edu/altmed/articles/vitamin-b5-000336.htm. Accessed May 10, 2011.