Why have I never seen B5 mentioned on this forum? I cant live without it. I consider it to be a neccesity.
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Pantetheine Source & Availability
Pantethine is the active form of Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5). Pantethine has a valuable role in detoxifying poisons from Candida infections, and supporting normal cholesterol levels in the body. It is the number one supplement recommended at The Atkins Center. Make this highly regarded nutrient part of your daily nutritional program.
Pantetheine Medicinal Value
Dr. Atkins prescribes Pantethine to his Crohn’s Disease and Colitis patients as a result of a study demonstrating that people with colitis have markedly decreased Coenzyme A activity in the mucosal surface of their colons, even when the blood levels of pantothenic acid are normal. Dr. Atkins concluded, based on his success with his patients, that Pantethine bypasses the block in converting Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) to Coenzyme A. But also, that Pantethine is a growth factor for lactobacillus bulgaricus and bifidobacterium that we know help control yeast overgrowth.
By upping body levels of a body enzyme, pantethine counteracts brain fog, certain allergic sensitivities, and some consequences of alcoholism. In people with candidiasis, the enzyme fights off a toxic byproduct called acetaldehyde, which is thought to cause brain fog, often-suffered but rarely diagnosed.
Pantethine is the stable structure of Pantetheine, which is the biologially active form of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5.) It is the precursor to co-enzyme A (CoA.) Co-enzyme A plays a central role in the production of energy in your cells via a biochemical pathway called the Krebs’ cycle. This involves the production of energy from fats & carbohydrates. Pantothenic acid is also essential for adrenal gland function.*
Chemicals known as acetaldehydes accumulate in your body from alcohol intake, cigarette smoking, chronic candida infections & vehicle exhaust fumes. The aldehydes inhibit co-enzyme A & thus decrease energy production. Chronic aldehyde exposure also contributes to heart disease & has damaging effects on brain function. Acetaldehyde also impairs the red blood cells delivery of oxygen to your body’s cells. It also induces a deficiency of vitamin B1, B3, & pyridoxal-5-phosphate. Pantethine has been found to help decrease aldehyde levels.*