Pantothenic Acid – Vitamin B3

Pantothenic Acid - Vitamin B3

Pantothenic acid is a constituent of coenzyme A and is present in all living matter. It’s distribution in natural foods is so wide-spread that deficiency of the vitamin is unlikely to occur in man except perhaps when processed foods form large proportions of the diet. It is a pale yellow oily liquid, though stable in neutral solution, the vitamin is easily destroyed by heat.

Physiological Action

It’s most important role is part of the coenzyme, a molecule.

Dietary Sources

The best sources are liver, kidney, yeast, egg yolk and fresh vegetables. There is little of the vitamin lost in most cooking procedures.