The Anti-Stress Vitamin–Are you deficient?

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) is especially needed to nourish the adrenal glands under stress; and who’s not under some of kind of stress in today’s fast-forward lifestyle!  Any kind of stress takes its toll–good, bad, physical, mental, emotional.  Pantothenic acid is easily destroyed by overcooking, drugs, caffeine, alcohol, sugar, and stress.  Woops!  Chances are, we could all be borderline deficient.

Some possible signs of deficiency:  kidney problems, thinning hair, nerve problems, stomach ulcers, weakness, fatigue, adrenal exhaustion, sensitivity to noise and/or chemicals, and premature graying of the hair. 

Foods and herbs high in this vitamin:  beans, broccoli florets, cabbage, corn (non GMO), potatoes, peas, unsulphured blackstrap molasses, alfalfa, capsicum, catnip, hops, kelp, red clover, and licorice root (highest herbal source, but only use for about 6 weeks, then change to another herb, as it can lower blood pressure).  Stir some blackstrap molasses into your tea, coffee, oatmeal, yogure, or into some grain or nut milk.  Try it in hot water as a coffee substitute.  It’s also high in minerals such as iron and chromium.

Once again, always take a complete B-Complex supplement before adding a single B.  Add at least one of the above foods to your diet every day.  Add some capsicum drops to your coffee or tea, or better yet, to some herbal tea made from alfalfa, catnip, hops, or red clover.  If you suffer from allergies, alfalfa capsules may be a good choice for you.  Red clover helps to purify the bloodstream, and catnip and hops are calming herbs.  Kelp is rich in minerals and feeds the thyroid.  Bee Pollen is a good source of B vitamins.

Recommended Nature’s Sunshine supplements:  Alfalfa Capsules, Red Clover Capsules, Capsicum Liquid, Catnip Capsules, Hops Capsules, Vitamin B-Complex Capsules (33 mg. B-5), Vitamin B-Comples, Balanced (45 mg. B-5), Pantothenic Acid Capsules (250 mg.), Ultimate Green Zone Powder or Capsules, Kelp Capsules, Bee Pollen Capsules.  Order at member’s prices at

As always, keep learning to be healthy, and email me with any questions at and/or visit my website at

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Natural Health Practitioner


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