Why you need pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) during pregnancy?
Pantothenic acid, also known as vitamin B5, is essential for the production of hormones and cholesterol. It also helps in breaking down carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. It is crucial component of coenzyme A (CoA), which is necessary for many chemical reactions in cells. The recommended amount of vitamin B5 during pregnancy is 6mg per day.
The food sources of pantothenic acid are:
- 850 grams sunflower seeds, dry roasted
- 230 grams plain non-fat yogurt
- 85 grams lobster, cooked
- 1/2 medium avocado
- one medium baked sweet potato
- 1 cup milk
- 85 grams light chicken, cooked
- one large egg, hard-boiled
- 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
- 1/2 cup lentils, cooked
- 1/2 cup split peas, cooked
- 1 ounce peanuts
- 1/2 cup broccoli, chopped and cooked
- one medium orange: 0.30 mg
- one slice whole wheat bread: 0.21 mg
(Note: 85 grams of meat is about the size of a deck of cards.)
Should you take a pantothenic acid supplement?
You perhaps don’t need a supplement because pantothenic acid is present in so many foods. Pantothenic acid is also included in most prenatal vitamin supplements.
Pantothenic acid deficiencies are very rare. They usually show up only when someone is severely malnourished. The signs of Pantothenic deficiency include fatigue and weakness.
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