Pantothenic acid - Definition

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Pantothenic acid is commonly called panthenol or vitamin B5. Vitamin B5 is present in almost all foods, but is found in larger concentration in whole grains or sprouts, eggs, and liver. It enables the synthesis and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins and contributes to the health of the skin and mucus membranes. Vitamin B5 is used in cosmetic products, mainly for skin and hair. A lack of pantothenic acid is very rare and can be the cause of feelings of numbness.