end chronic inflammation

According to a recent Korean study, vitamin B5 reduces inflammation by increasing the natural production of coenzyme A and glutathione (an antioxidant). This makes it possible to reduce the state of chronic inflammation, this state of physiological stress, which plays an important role in the development of chronic diseases.

Like all B vitamins, vitamin B5 or pantothenic acid (PA) is water-soluble (dissolves in water). It is found almost everywhere in living organisms, hence its name is derived from the Greek word “pantos” meaning “everywhere”. Once in the body, vitamin B5 turns into coenzyme A, which affects the nervous system and adrenal glands, which is why it is called the “stress vitamin”. It is also involved in the formation and regeneration of skin and mucous membranes, lipid metabolism, and plays an important role in the regulatory mechanisms of adrenaline, insulin, and porphyrin (hemoglobin precursor).

A lack or deficiency of vitamin B5 can cause insomnia, leg cramps, numbness and tingling in the feet and hands, fatigue, gastrointestinal problems, respiratory infections, or immune deficiency. The list is long, but it doesn’t end there. One of the greatest benefits of vitamin B5 is its role as a key moderator of chronic inflammation responsible for cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Vitamin B5 against chronic inflammation

Chronic inflammation is also called low-grade inflammation. It is related to our lifestyle and constant stress, pollution, sedentary lifestyle, highly processed diet, etc. It is characterized by a small but stable increase in C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation. Due to its antioxidant role, vitamin B5 plays an important role in reducing the inflammatory process. However, the long-term relationship between vitamin B5 intake and CRP levels has never been studied. A recent study in Korea aimed to evaluate the long-term relationship between vitamin B5 absorption and CRP levels in healthy adults over 40 years of age with chronic inflammation.

Chronic inflammation is reduced with vitamin B5 supplementation

In this study, which lasted 5 years, researchers evaluated the intake of vitamin B5 in 908 people (349 men, 559 women) and in parallel determined their C-reactive protein levels. The average daily intake of vitamin B5 was 4.5 mg for men and 4 mg for women. The results after 5 years showed that regular dietary intake of vitamin B5 was proportional to the sustained reduction in CRP in the study subjects, indicating a drastic reduction in chronic inflammation.

Reducing chronic inflammation can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as osteoarthritis, cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease, researchers say.

Where to find the best concentration of this vitamin in food?

You can find this vitamin mostly in organ meats (especially liver and kidneys), chicken, beef, eggs, mushrooms (especially shiitake), whole grains, oats or even broccoli.

Here are some examples:

– Dried shiitake mushrooms, 10 mushrooms, 36 g = 8 mg vitamin B5

– Cooked shiitake mushrooms (4 mushrooms), 125 ml (1/2 cup) = 3 mg vitamin B5

– Liver of lamb, turkey, beef, chicken, veal or pork, cooked

100 g = 4-8 mg of vitamin B5

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