Vitamin B15 is a relatively little known substance. Nevertheless, more and more people start to use it. It is also called pangamic acid. Its discovery took place quite recently, in 1951 by Ernest Krebs. Interestingly, in the 1960s, vitamin B15 became quite popular in the Soviet Union, where it was very often used to treat alcoholism. It was believed to reduce hangover symptoms and help regenerate the liver. In addition to tests related to alcohol consumption, studies were conducted on its doping properties. It turned out that people who regularly took vitamin B15 increased mental and physical resistance. Supplementation with this substance prevented e.g. premature muscle fatigue and helped in their faster regeneration. The consequence of this was the regular administration of vitamin B15 to athletes and cosmonauts.
Health benefits of vitamin B15
Vitamin B15 is a water-soluble substance. It is a very powerful oxidant, and the list of its health-promoting effects is very long.
Vitamin B15 works synergistically with Omega 3-6-9 Fatty Acids, Coenzyme Q10, Beta Carotene, Polyphenols, and Phytosterols, Vitamin B6, B17, and B12, Folic Acid and with Silymarin in improving the efficiency of antioxidant system in our body.
Long-term use of pangamic acid leads to an increase in cardiovascular and heart muscle activity. This results in improved brain function improved cognitive abilities. Such action leads to the recommendation of vitamin B15 to patients who suffer from senile dementia.
Its other benefit is that it stimulates the oxidative metabolism of lactic acid. This leads to preventive protection of muscles against too rapid fatigue. By improving blood supply to muscles and increasing ATP synthesis, vitamin B 15 increases physical performance.
What’s more. In addition to taking care of our strength, the substance helps detoxify the body by improving the excretion of nitrogen, carbohydrate, steroid, and heavy metal toxins.
Dietary sources of vitamin B15
Vitamin B15 can be found in products of natural origin. We can find it for example in brown rice, yeasts, sesame, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower. When exposed to UV light, pangamic acid is inactivated. This means that the storage of vitamin B15 should be in a properly darkened place.
The demand for vitamin B15
The problem is that at the moment, we do not know the exact requirement of the body for vitamin B15, and thus there are no established standards for the intake of vitamin B15. However, it is assumed that a daily dose of 50-100 mg is sufficient for our body and does not affect it in a toxic way.
Vitamin B15 is not a little known substance. For this reason, it is quite rarely recommended by doctors. Fortunately, there is a constant development of medicine, and in many countries, it is believed that vitamin B15 has a preventive effect against many diseases. Prevention includes, among others, the following skin diseases, obesity, diabetes, atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, gallstones and urolithiasis, depression, diseases of the bile ducts and intestines.