D-calcium pantothenate is a vitamin, also known as vitamin B5. It is widely found in both plants and animals including meat, vegetables, cereal grains, legumes, eggs, and milk.
- D-calcium pantothenate is frequently used in combination with other B vitamins in vitamin B complex formulations. Vitamin B complex generally includes vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin/niacinamide), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid),vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin), and folic acid. However, some products do not contain all of these ingredients and some may include others, such as biotin, para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), choline bitartrate, and inositol.
- D-calcium pantothenate has a long list of uses, although there isn’t enough scientific evidence to determine whether it is effective for most of these uses. People take D-calcium pantothenate for treating dietary deficiencies, acne, alcoholism, allergies, baldness, asthma, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, burning feet syndrome, yeast infections, heart failure, carpal tunnel syndrome, respiratory disorders, celiac disease, colitis, conjunctivitis, convulsions, and cystitis. It is also taken by mouth for dandruff, depression, diabetic nerve pain, enhancing immune function, improving athletic performance, tongue infections, gray hair, headache, hyperactivity, low blood sugar,trouble sleeping (insomnia), irritability, low blood pressure, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, muscular cramps in the legs associated with pregnancy or alcoholism, neuralgia, and obesity.
- D-calcium pantothenate is also used orally for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, nerve pain, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), enlarged prostate, protection against mental and physical stress and anxiety, reducing adverse effects of thyroid therapy in congenital hypothyroidism, reducing signs of aging, reducing susceptibility to colds and other infections, retarded growth, shingles, skin disorders, stimulating adrenal glands, chronic fatigue syndrome, salicylate toxicity, streptomycin neurotoxicity, dizziness, and wound healing.
- Acne Treatment: According to “Pathogenesis and Treatment of Acne and Rosacea,” deficiency of vitamin B-5 is a common cause of acne. Vitamin B-5 deficiency can lead to hyperactive oil glands that produce acne. These glands clog the skin, trapping bacteria and producing pimples and blackheads.
- Taking a D calcium pantothenate supplement can reduce teenage and adult acne breakouts in some individuals.
- Deficiency and Side Effects: According to “User’s Guide to the B-Complex Vitamins,” vitamin B-5 deficiencies are not common. However, taking too much of one kind of a B vitamin can cause an imbalance of the other B vitamins. By taking a B-complex vitamin you can avoid this imbalance. Vitamin B-5 also interferes with the absorption and effectiveness of the antibiotic tetracycline. Additionally, vitamin B-5 may affect some drugs used to treat Alzheimer’s disease.
- Speak with a medical professional prior to taking a D calcium pantothenate supplement due to some moderate to severe side effects associated with the use of this supplement to treat acne.
- Common side effects include hair loss, dry skin and eyes, and frequent bowel movements.
N/a. Please Consult with your doctor.
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