Vitamin B5, or Pantothenic Acid, is an essential vitamin required by the body for cellular processes and optimal maintenance of fat. This vitamin is great for skin for a few main reasons; namely its natural ability to moisturise, soothe, heal and regenerate the skin. As a humectant, (a substance that attracts and retains water) VitaminB5 stabilises the skin’s barrier function, reducing the amount of water lost through the surface of the skin. By applying to the skin, you will not only increase its hydration, but improve its softness and elasticity, making Vitamin B5 ideal for the treatment of dry and scaly skin. Whilst VitaminB5 deficiencies are rare, when they do occur this usually manifests in the form of irritability, fatigue, apathy, numbness or muscle cramps. Here are our top 5 foods rich in VitaminB5:1. Avocado: Hailed as a miracle food for skin, 100g of yummy avocado contains 1.46mg of Pantothenic Acid (VitaminB5). Use it in salad, on toast or even add it to smoothies and reap the benefits for your skin! 2. Mushrooms: Shiitake are best, but White, Portabella, Brown, Oyster and Chanterelle also contain high levels of VitaminB5. 3. Oily Fish: Trout is a perfect option, but Salmon and Tuna are also great alternatives, and as an added bonus, are great for the brain as well! 4. Sunflower Seeds: These are so yummy and are packed full of vitamins that are good for the skin. Flaxseeds and Pumpkin or Squash seeds are also good options to help maintain healthy skin. 5. Sweet Potato: Baked sweet potato might seem like an unhealthy option, but a medium sweet potato only contains about 103 calories and 0.2g of fat. Most importantly they contain approx. 0.88mg of Pantothenic Acid (VitaminB5) per 100g, which is great news! Eating a balanced diet combined with SkinB5’s internals range, which are packed full of all natural vitamins to support your skin will have you well on the way to having skin that glows from within!
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