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Vitamin B5 Derivative Lowers Cardiac Risk

Date: 15th November 2011 | Created by: Troo Healthcare |
Among the widening range of recognized heart-healthy nutrients is an unassuming vitamin from the B complex: B5. Previous research has shown that taking pantethine, a biologically active derivative of vitamin B5, can lower cholesterol levels in people with high risk of heart disease. Supporting this, a study finds that supplementing with pantethine has a similar effect in people with low to moderate cardiac risk.

The study of 120 people whose risk for heart disease was judged to be low or moderate enrolled them in a heart-healthy diet program for four weeks. They were expected to continue their dietary changes throughout the study.

They were then assigned to receive either pantethine, 600 mg per day for the first eight weeks and 900 mg per day for another eight weeks, or placebo for 16 weeks.

At the end of the trial, blood fat (lipid) levels that predict cardiac risk had dropped in the pantethine group but not in the placebo group.

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