Vitamin B15, also known as Pangamic Acid, is a controversial vitamin in America, and has been taken out of your B-Complex supplement.
Pangamic Acid is not widely available in the USA in mainstream health food stores because the FDA took Pangamic Acid off the market over three decades ago. However, the FDA has been monitoring the wide range of medical conditions treated with B15 in other countries, and with its popularity and positive health effects, they have backed-off their antiquated censorship, and many companies, such as Apricot Power, offer it as a supplement now.
B15 Is Used To Treat Many Diseases
Russia has been the most progressive country using B15, believing it to be a very important nutrient treating a multitude of symptoms and diseases. Russian scientists have shown Pangamic Acid supplementation reduces the buildup of lactic acid in athletes, and, thereby, lessens muscle fatigue and increases endurance.
Hum, this vitamin just might assist with Fibromyalgia.
B15 is used in Russia for many health issues, including:
- Drug addiction
- Aging and senility
- Minimal brain damage in children
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Skin diseases
- Liver disease
- Chemical poisonings
Dimethyl glycine (DMG) has been used in the United States as a substitute for B15 because it is believed to increase Pangamic Acid production in the body. Dimethyl glycine combines with gluconic acid to form Pangamic Acid.
DMG is considered the active component of Pangamic Acid.
Sooooooo, it’s OK to sell DMG that increases Pangamic Acid, but it’s not OK to sell Pangamic Acid (B15)?
Food With B15
Pangamic Acid is found in:
- Whole grains such as brown rice
- Brewer’s yeast
- Pumpkin and sunflower seeds
- Apricot kernels
- Beef blood
Health Benefits Of B15
B15 helps in the formation of specific amino acids such as methionine.
It plays a role in the oxidation of glucose in cell respiration. Like vitamin E, B15 acts as an antioxidant helping to lengthen cell life through its protection from oxidation. Pangamic Acid mildly stimulates the endocrine and nervous systems, and by enhancing liver function, it helps in the detoxification process.
B15 has been shown to lower blood cholesterol, improve circulation and general oxygenation of cells and tissues, and is helpful for arteriosclerosis and hypertension – some of America’s most common diseases.
In Europe, vitamin B15 has been used to treat premature aging because of both its circulatory stimulus and its antioxidant effects. B15 helps protect the body from pollutants, especially carbon monoxide.
Pangamic acid (and possibly DMG) offers support for anyone living in a large polluted city or under high-stress.
As previously mentioned, in Russia, Pangamic Acid is used in treating alcohol dependency and is believed to reduce alcohol cravings. It has been reported to diminish hangovers.
B15 has also been used to treat fatigue, asthma and rheumatism, and it even has some anti-allergic properties.
Some child psychiatrists have reported good results using Pangamic Acid with emotionally disturbed children; it is used to stimulate their speaking and related mental functions. B15 may also be helpful in treating autism, but more research is needed.
Wouldn’t that be great?
It has been illegal to distribute B15 in the United States, even though it was used as a supplement through the 1970s.
The most common substitute for Pangamic Acid is calcium pangamate, and as mentioned above, dimethyl glycine (DMG) is the active component that activates Pangamic Acid. Pangamic Acid, and DMG, are best when taken with vitamin E and vitamin A.
A common amount of DMG is 50-100 mg. taken twice daily, usually with breakfast and dinner. This dose may improve your energy level, support your immune system, and reduce alcohol cravings, making it very helpful in moderating chronic alcohol problems.
This sounds like a healthy nutrient to me.
Hum, I wonder why they removed it from the B-Complex vitamin?
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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only, and is educational in nature. The FDA may not have evaluated some of the statements. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please discuss with your own, qualified health care provider before adding supplements or making any changes to your dietary program.
Before taking vitamins, consult your doctor; pre-existing medical conditions or medications you are taking can affect how your body responds to multivitamins.