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Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
This vitamin occurs in small amounts in most foods and is used by the body for a number of metabolic functions, such as fat and sugar metabolism and the production of adrenalin, which is needed in stress conditions. It also helps maintain normal blood sugar levels.
It's one of the most important active constituents of 'Royal Jelly'; other major sources being brewer's yeast, molasses, nuts, offal and whole grains.
Deficiency is fairly common - symptoms include allergies, arthritis, constipation, depression, fatigue, indigestion, irritability, low blood sugar levels and ulcers.
The Recommended Daily Allowance is 10mg for adults, but some nutritionists believe 30 - 50mg is more realistic. See 'Adrenalin', 'Antioxidant', 'Brewer's yeast', 'Royal Jelly', 'Vitamin', 'Vitamin B Complex', 'Vitamin B2', 'VitaminB5', 'Vitamin B6', 'VitaminB12', 'VitaminB15', 'Vitamin C', 'Vitamin D', 'Vitamin E', 'Vitamin K', 'Vitamin P'