Last week we said that supplementing with pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) is pointless because it’s abundant in so many different foods. Supplementing is pointless, but the vitamin is not. Pantothnic acid has an important job when it comes to metabolizing food for energy. This puppy metaphor will help you remember WHAT B5/PANTOTHENIC ACID DOES:
- Pantothenic acid helps form Coenzyme A.
- Coenzyme A is essential for metabolism of carbs, protein, fat, and alcohol.
- When these food molecules break down, they end up as ACETATE.
- Acetate may come from the metabolism of carbohydrates, fat, alcohol, or protein, just like a dog may come from the pet store, the pound, the street, or a neighbor.
- Coenzyme A is like the person who brings a dog, in this case acetate, to the park.
- Regardless of where it came from, a healthy dog wants to go to the PARK. If you bring it to the PARK and let it run, you’ll see a 💥burst of energy 💥.
- Coenzyme A has to bring acetate to the KREBS CYCLE, which results in a 💥huge release of energy 💥
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