Vitamin B-15 (Pangamic Acid) is not a vitamin or a
nutrient, and its nutritional value is debatable. No scientific evidence exists
to substantiate any physiological function for vitamin B-15.
METHOD OF ACTION
No mechanism of action for pangamic acid has been
established. The National Academy of Sciences has gone so far as to state that
no essential nutrient function has ever been reported in reliable scientific
literature for this vitamin.
PROPERTIES AND USES
Although no evidence supports its use, pangamic acid has
been used to treat cancer, schizophrenia, diabetes mellitus, heart disease,
alcoholism, hepatitis, and indigestion. It has also been asserted that pangamic
acid detoxifies by-products of human metabolism.
CONSEQUENCES OF DEFICIENCY
There is no evidence to suggest that a lack of pangamic
acid has any adverse effects.
Very little is known about pangamic acid. The Canadian
government has prohibited its use because there is no evidence that it is safe
for human use.
RECOMMENDED DIETARY ALLOWANCES
There has been no RDA established for
pangamic acid as there is no known use for it in human metabolism.
· Apricot pits
· Brewer's yeast
· Pumpkin seeds
· Sunflower seeds