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Pantothenic Acid

Secret Ingredient Exposed in Queen Bee’s Diet Plan: Pantothenic Acid

Pantothenic Acid, or Vitamin B5, plays an essential role in glucose and fatty acid metabolism. It is a cofactor, or a compound that has to been bound to an enzyme for that enzyme to perform its functions. Due to the immense importance of pantothenic acid in the utilization of energy consumed, dietary supplementation may boost liver function. Additionally, pantothenic acid may also even reduce stress.

Pantothenic acid is an inseparable component of Coenzyme A, which serves as a cofactor for many enzymes in our bodies, including Pyruvate Dehydrogenase, Acetyl-CoA Carboxylase and Acyl-Carrier Protein. Pyruvate Dehydrogenase is required to convert glucose molecules into usable energy in the cells. Both Acetyl-CoA Carboxylase and Acyl-Carrier Protein are involved in fatty acid metabolism and synthesis. Thus, pantothenic acid has a paramount role in the nutrient metabolism, especially of carbohydrates and fats.

Other than its role in metabolism, pantothenic acid is also the precursor to two neurotransmitters: acetylcholine and melatonin. Melatonin is calming and modulates stress, which may be why pantothenic acid plays a role in reducing stress levels.

Perhaps the best evidence for the benefits of pantothenic acid is found in nature contained within the royal jelly that the Queen Bee eats. Unlike the rest of the busy bee work ethic, the Queen Bee only has one sole purpose in life: to reproduce. Thus, the pantothenic acid found in the food source of the Queen Bee most clearly elucidates its nutritional merits. Other than the royal jelly, pantothenic acid is most abundantly found in the human liver. This further reflects the benefits that dietary supplementation of pantothenic acid would confer in optimal liver function.


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