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Panthenol is a form of alcohol created by vitamin B5, otherwise known as pantothenic acid. This vitamin is commonly used in cosmetics and soaps. Panthenol or pantothenic acid can be found in most foods, including meats, legumes, dairy products and whole-grain breads, cereals and pastas. Fresh food is the best source for panthenol and is not broken down by normal cooking processes. Oral supplements of panthenol are available at health-food or drug stores.
Vitamin B5 is often used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis as well as for lowering cholesterol levels in the blood. Health care providers monitor use of pantothenic acid in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis by regulating 2g doses of calcium pantothenate. For treatment of cholesterol, individuals can take three daily doses of 300mg with the knowledge of a physician. In some cases, pantethine has been used to help lower cholesterol (serum) and triglycerides in diabetics, who can't take traditional cholesterol-lowering drugs because they contain niacin, which can affect blood sugar levels. In such cases, a physician will determine dosage.
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