Our Daily Vitamins: Vitamin B15

Vitamin B15? Most of us have never heard of Vitamin B15. It’s not as widely known as Vitamins A, C, D or any of the other vitamins we hear about more often. What is this little known vitamin; what are its benefits; and where is it sold? Vitamin B15 is part of the group B vitamins and is also known as pangamic acid.  So how does vitamin B15 function in our bodies?  Vitamin B15 helps in the formation of amino acids in our bodies and may assist in the oxidation of glucose and cell reproduction.  In addition, it can also act as a stimulant to the endocrine system which ultimately encourages liver function to help with body detoxification.

Although the benefits of vitamin B15 have not yet been proven because it is not widely used, some medical professionals believe it

Apricot kernels

Apricot kernels

does have many beneficial uses in treating many symptoms and diseases.  In Russia, for example, scientists have shown that vitamin B15 can reduce the buildup of lactic acid in athletes which reduces muscle fatigue and even increases endurance.  Russia has also used vitamin B15 to treat alcohol related problems.  It is also used in Russia as a supplement to treat fatigue, asthma and allergies.

In Europe,  vitamin B15 has been used to treat premature aging because of both its circulatory stimulus and its antioxidant effects. It helps protect the body from pollutants, especially carbon monoxide.

In the United States, the FDA has not approved use of the vitamin and in fact, it has been banned for nearly two decades. However, in the U.S., Dimethyl glycine (DMG) is used as a substitute for B15. Doctors prescribe DMG with vitamin E and A as way to improve energy levels.

Pangamic Acid is found in:
– Whole grains such as brown rice
– Brewer’s yeast
– Pumpkin and sunflower seeds
– Apricot kernels
– Beef blood

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