So by now you should be getting a fairly clear picture that the B vitamins are so much more than just energy. Supplementing with a “B vitamin complex” might address some issues with energy production. However, I always suggest you monitor the following things first before considering spending money on an “energy pill”.
- Are you getting your recommended sleep every night?
- Is it quality sleep?
- Are you avoiding caffeine 10 hours before bedtime?
- Are you eating food or consuming alcohol 1 hour before bedtime?
- Is your stress under control?
- Are you training correctly? (No overreaching, overtraining, or in general too much stress?)
- Are you drinking enough water?
- When was the last time you had a physical? Are your blood levels normal?
- Do you take your medication? Should you be on medication?
- Are you happy with your life? Or do you feel the lack of energy is a lack of stimulation and creativity?
I myself get stuck in the rut of feeling like I have low energy. The promise of a B complex supplement to fix my low energy problems sounds seductive at first. However, if I am not first addressing the above 10 things, the B energy complex will just be a waste. Often times the things we want in life are fixed for free if we address a few lifestyle needs 1st.
Now onto B5, otherwise known as pantothenic acid. This helps in the formation of acetyl-CoA. (I feel like I should make some separate posts just about scientific words I use so I don’t need to link to Wikipedia) Pantothenic acid also helps maintain healthy skin, and metabolize drugs. Uniquely, it also helps with synthesizing cholesterol, steroid hormones, and neurotransmitters. So if you want to feel amazing and have beautiful skin check out adding more of these foods to your diet!
- sweet potato
- egg yolk
- beef liver
- seafood and,
Deficiencies and excess are rare with this vitamin. So despite my rant about not taking it in a supplement form, that was more about saving money than harming your body. In severely malnourished individuals, a lack of B5 can result in tingling feet. Whereas too much can result in nausea, heartburn, and diarrhea.