Pantothenic acid and biotin are types of B vitamins. They are water-soluble, which means that the body can't store them. If the body can't use all of the vitamin, the extra leaves the body through the urine. Therefore, these vitamins must be replaced every day.
Pantothenic acid; Pantethine; Vitamin B5
Pantothenic acid and biotin are essential for growth. They help the body break down and use food. This is called
Pantothenic acid also plays a role in the production of hormones and cholesterol.
Review Date: 02/14/2011
Reviewed By: Alison Evert, MS, RD, CDE, Nutritionist, University of Washington Medical Center Diabetes Care Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.