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Pantothenic Acid and Biotin

Pantothenic Acid and Biotin | Functions and Sources

What food source is the nutrient found in?

Pantothenic acid and biotin are found in many foods. Good sources of pantothenic acid include:

  • egg yolks
  • organ meat
  • other meat
  • poultry
  • fish
  • dairy products
  • whole-grain cereal
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • legumes
  • Good sources of biotin include:

  • soybeans
  • peanuts
  • egg yolks
  • meats and liver
  • milk
  • yeast
  • cereal
  • Some biotin is made by bacteria in the body's lower digestive tract.

    How does the nutrient affect the body?

    These two vitamins are important for many functions. Pantothenic acid is changed to a substance called coenzyme A. This coenzyme helps convert fat, carbohydrate, and protein into energy. Pantothenic acid is also needed to make cholesterol, bile, some fats, red blood cells, hormones and nerve regulators. Pantothenic acid is necessary to make Vitamin D. It works closely with biotin, vitamin B1, B2, B6, and niacin.

    Biotin also helps the body use protein, fat and carbohydrate from foods for energy. It helps the body produce energy in the cells. Biotin works closely with pantothenic acid, folic acid and vitamin B12.

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    Author: Kimberly Tessmer, RD, LD
    Reviewer: Jane Hemminger, RD, LD
    Date Reviewed: 03/28/01

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