Episode 33: Pantethine (Vitamin B5)

Vitamin B5, known as Pantethine or Pantothenic Acid, is probably the most famous cardiovascular drug you’ve never heard of. However, in addition to lowering LDL and triglycerides and raising HDL, it is also excellent at lowering inflammation due to autoimmune diseases, lowering the desire for alcohol and stimulating gut bacteria like bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus Bulgaricus to proliferate in our intestines. Breast milk has an abundance of Pantethine, and is probably a big reason why breast fed infants have healthier gut flora than those whom are not.

Unlike statin drugs, pantethine won’t deplete Co-enzyme Q10, adversely effect memory or cause muscle wasting, which, are less than desirable side effects of those blockbuster drugs. Unfortunately, due to its non-patentability, it is seldom recommended in mainstream cardiology.

Need a get out of jail free card to prevent the hangover that’s coming due to alcohol overindulgence at that party? Pantethine is your ticket. It does this by accelerating the metabolism of acetaldehyde, which is the substance alcohol is converted into that gives you the headache and increases the addictive potential of ethanol.

Due to pantethine stimulating the growth of beneficial bacteria, it is also used to help treat candida overgrowth.

That brings us to today’s intervention. For the cardiovascular, anti-inflammatory and anti-candida effects, 300mg after each meal is beneficial. For the hangover prevention, 900mg as a single dose before bed works best.

Join us next week when we’ll talk about Dental Caries also called cavities.

Be Well and Be Zen

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