Also, beneficial for pain and discomfort in osteoarthritis sufferers.
Good sources of vitamin B15 are whole grain cereals, brown rice, brewer's yeast, pumpkin and sesame seeds, organ meats and eggs. Some diminished circulatory and oxygenation functions are possible.
- Improves the body's capacity to utilize energy from food, providing extra strength, physical and mental energy and self repair.
- Preventative of premature aging.
- Healing of cuts and abrasions.
- Detoxifying agent against possible cancer-forming chemicals and other forms of environmental poisons and pollutants.
- Helps stabilize emotional and mental problems.
- Protects against CO pollution
- High blood pressure
- Lowering cholesterol levels
- Heart troubles
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- High cholesterol
- Emotional and mental stress
- Apricot kernels
- Pumpkin seeds
- Brewer's yeast
- Torula yeast
- Rice bran
- Sesame seeds
- B15 tablets (extract)
The Soviet Union has been the most enthusiastic about pangamic acid, feeling that it is a very important nutrient with physiological actions that can treat a multitude of symptoms and diseases. Soviet scientists have shown that pangamic acid supplementation can reduce the buildup of lactic acid in athletes and thereby lessen muscle fatigue and increase endurance.
It was used regularly and commonly in the Soviet Union for many problems,including alcoholism and drug addiction, mental problems such as those associated with aging and senility, minimal brain damage in children, autism, and schizophrenia, heart disease and high blood pressure, diabetes, skin diseases, liver disease, and chemical poisonings.
Pangamic acid (B15) was first isolated in 1951 by Drs. Ernest Krebs, Sr. and Jr. from apricot kernels, along with laetrile, termed vitamin B17.
Pangamic acid is mainly a methyl donor, which helps in the formation of certain amino acids such as methionine. It may play a role in the oxidation of glucose and in cell respiration. By this function, it may reduce hypoxia (deficient oxygen) in cardiac and other muscles.
Like vitamin E, it acts as an antioxidant, helping to lengthen cell life through its protection from oxidation. Pangamic acid is also thought to offer mild stimulation to the endocrine and nervous systems, and by enhancing liver function, it may help in the detoxification process.
Deficiency and toxicity
There are no known toxic effects from even high amounts of pangamic acid; 50–100 mg (and even more) taken three times daily have revealed no side effects. There are reports of initial mild nausea with use of pangamates at high levels, but this only lasts a few days.