Symptoms of Lack of Vitamin B5

Vitamin B5, also called pantothenic acid, is important for the body because it participates in activities such as the production of cholesterol, hormones and red blood cells, which are the cells that carry oxygen in the blood. See all its functions here.

This vitamin can be found in foods such as fresh meat, cauliflower, broccoli, whole grains, eggs and milk, and its deficiency can cause symptoms such as:

  • Insomnia;
  • Burning sensation in the feet;
  • Fatigue;
  • Neurological diseases;
  • Leg cramps;
  • Low antibody production;
  • Nausea and vomiting;
  • Abdominal pain and cramps;
  • Increased respiratory infections.

However, as this vitamin is easily found in many foods, its deficiency is rare and usually occurs in high-risk groups, such as excessive use of alcoholic beverages, the elderly, intestinal problems such as Crohn's disease and women taking birth control pills.

Excess Vitamin B5

Excess vitamin B5 is rare, as it is easily eliminated by urine, occurring only in people who use vitamin supplements, and symptoms such as diarrhea and increased risk of bleeding may appear.

In addition, it is important to remember that the use of vitamin B5 supplements can interact and reduce the effect of antibiotics and medications to treat Alzheimer's, and should be recommended by the doctor or nutritionist.

See the list of foods rich in vitamin B5.