Vitamin B5 Benefits Heart Health

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New York, NY—A bioavailable form of vitamin B5 (Pantesin, a form of pantethine, developed by Kyowa Hakko USA) may help reduce cholesterol levels within the body and help prevent cardiovascular diseases according to research. Published in Nutrition Research Journal, the experiment yielded positive results for those who included pantethine in their diets.

John Rumberger, Ph.D., M.D., FACC, from the The Princeton Longevity Center, and colleagues conducted the study on two separate groups: 60 people were given a placebo and another 60 volunteers had pantethine in their diet. The latter group took 600 mg/d of the pantethine for the first two months, and then took 900 mg/d for the remaining two months. After the four-month period, scientists found a direct correlation between the pantethine group’s diet and a “significant drop in LDL levels,” according to a press statement.

“Pantesin helps maintain healthy blood lipid levels that are already within the normal range,” said Rumberger, an educator, researcher, and clinician for more than 20 years. “[It] works on a cellular level.” Data from the trials show that scientists increased the dosage during week eight and continued to see decreasing LDL cholesterol levels.

The test subjects exhibited a “low to moderate risk” for cardiovascular disease. The addition of Pantesin in their diets helped improve cellular health and counteract “bad” cholesterol.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, December 2011