Benefits: Detoxifies our bodies from harmful
man-made compounds found in herbicides, insecticides and drugs.
Aids the body in releasing the energy from foods. May help treat
alcoholism, fatigue and stomach ulcers.
Good food sources: Whole grains, mushrooms, salmon, peanuts, meats,
eggs, soybeans, liver, brewer's yeast.
Cautions: Don't take if you take levodopa for Parkinson's disease. Consult your doctor if you have hemophelia.
Substance interactions: Pantothenic acid counteracts levodopa's effect.
Signs of toxicity: Very low toxicity.
* The elderly, heavy drinkers and people who take cholesterol-lowering
drugs are the most likely to have a deficiency.
* The best source is in unprocessed whole grains, fortified cereals,
and multivitamin/mineral supplements. Half of pantothenic acid
is destroyed by food processing and cooking.
* Pregnant and breast feeding women may want to increase their
daily intake, however, mega-doses aren't