Vitamins, Health & Weight Loss
Good diet nutrition is essential for optimum health – including efficient metabolism, stable blood sugar levels and appetite, all of which affect weight control and how fast we lose weight. Vitamins play an essential role in diet nutrition and weight control.
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
Important for growth, cell building and a healthy nervous system.
How Vitamin B5 helps
Good for the immune system
Good for stress
Good food sources of Vitamin B5
Liver and kidney. Nuts. Wheat bran. Wheatgerm. Free range eggs. Meat. Poultry. Molasses. Oats. Barley. Wheatflakes. Beans. Wholemeal bread. Green vegetables.
Food processing. Canning. Up to 40 per cent lost if boiled. Destroyed by freezing.
Deficiency symptoms of Vitamin B5
Tingling hands and feet. Loss of appetite. Nausea. Abdominal pain. Fatigue. Insomnia. Reduced resistance to infection..
People with an increased risk of Vitamin B5 deficiency include
Women on the pill
People on antibiotics
People on sleeping pills
People who drink a lot of caffeine (e.g. from coffee, tea or soft drinks).
Recommended daily allowance for Vitamin B5
US RDA: 10mg
EU RDA: 6mg
The Importance of a Balanced Diet
If you have been a regular follower of fad diets, regular fasting, single food diets, yo-yo dieting or diet/weight loss pills, you may already be deficient in vitamins and minerals. This may be why you find it difficult to lose weight, or sustain weight loss in the long term.
Solution: Follow a balanced diet that offers slow steady weight loss and includes advice on exercise. Weight Loss Diet Program is a good choice.