Vitamin B15, also known as Pangamic acid (A derivative of the amino acid glycine (Pangamic acid is dim ethyl glycine)) is a water-soluble vitamin. Water-soluble means it is easily gets dissolved in water and is carried through blood stream and is excreted through urine daily. So, it is necessary to take daily but its essential requirement in the diet has not yet been proven because there is a debate going on this vitamin. The people who are deficient in this vitamin are not exhibiting any symptoms.
Research suggests that Vitamin B15 may aid in lowering the cholesterol levels in blood and helps in protein synthesis. This Vitamin has also been used to treat cancer, schizophrenia and heart disease.
Vitamin B15 has antioxidant features that promote immune system, increases cell life, combats fatigue, lower cholesterol levels in the blood and helps regulate hormones but it not readily available in the United States because FDA removed the vitamin B15 products in their market.
Vitamin B15 is found in a wide variety of food sources including whole grains such as brown rice, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, apricot seeds and sesame seeds. It is also found in brewer’s yeast, beef’s blood. Direct sunlight and water can reduce the level of potency and availability in these items. Good sources of vitamin B15 are whole grain cereals, rice bran, oats, organ meats and eggs.
Before taking pangamic acid supplements, make sure that you consult your physician regarding medical conditions or drugs you are taking because research is still going on this vitamin B15 whether it is an essential nutrient for the human body or not.