Vitamin B5, also called pantothenic acid, is one of the most important vitamins for human life. It’s necessary for making blood cells, and it helps you convert the food you eat into energy.

Vitamin B5 is one of eight B vitamins. All B vitamins help you convert the protein, carbohydrates, and fats you eat into energy. B vitamins are also needed for:

healthy skin, hair, and eyes

proper functioning of the nervous system and liver

healthy digestive tract

making red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body

making sex and stress-related hormones in the adrenal glands