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Diet and B5: A Theory

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#1 Image101



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Posted 04 June 2004 - 03:58 AM

Hey guys. I've been on B5 for quite a few months, I would say around 8 or 9. I tok 10g a day for maybe 6 months before switiching to 5 g B5 and 900 mg pantethine daily. After using it so much and looking at my diet a bit, I noticed something that's a little strange.

B5 (or more accurately, Co-Enzyme A) helps metabolize fats and carbohydrates and protein. I've read on MANY Anti-Acne diets that too many carbs and refined foods will cause breakouts. I don't have a heavenly diet, but I notice that when I eat poorly my face gets a bit oily and I breakout with small zits.

What i'm trying to get at is this: I believe that when you eat "junk" foods, your body uses Co-Enzyme A to break it down until there is no Co-Enzyme A left. Once your body runs out of CE-A, the "junk" goes through your skin and causes breakouts. If people have a poor diet, they might need more than 10g of B5 daily to have adequate Coenzyme A in order to metabolize all the stuff they're putting in their bodies so it does not come out of the skin as toxins.

Maybe this has already been discussed before, but I hope at least someone finds this interesting, and maybe some people will even test it.
Good luck and god bless!
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Posted 04 June 2004 - 04:09 AM

sounds logical. 9 months is a long time... you must be broke... $:

people say: don't eat junk food and wash your face more
we say: SHUT UP!
but they are right, they just don't know how drastic!
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Posted 04 June 2004 - 01:45 PM

I've been getting a lot of b5 naturally, through diet, and I've noticed my face is a lot less oily than when I was taking it in pill form. Probably because it's more readily assimilated.

One thing to remember when on high dosages of b5, though: Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day, spaced between meals, throughout the day!

(I think you might be onto something with the Enzyme idea, too)
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Posted 05 June 2004 - 11:50 PM

Yup, I completely agree with your theory. Not to mention, taking Pantethine actually produces 2x as much CoA as does Pantothenic Acid. Although Panthothenic acid is said to be more anti-inflammatory in regards to acne. Yet like you said, since there are scientific studies supporting the use of B5 in controlling cholesterol levels and insulin resistance, it's probably more so due that. =)
These are not steps, but stages some people progress through when going from conventional to holistic medicine. Stage 2 is how I became 99%+ Clear, eliminated my dysmennorhea, significantly reduced my sebum & pore size, etc & is my predominant method.

Stage 1 (Treatment):
* (Daily) Isocare Skin Control Cleanser, Dream Products Customized Natural Face Lotion & Coppertone Sport Spray Sunscreen (mixed)
* (Sporadically) spot treat w/ anti-inflammatory (neosporin, hydrocortisone, salicylic acid) or a skin lightener (post-inflammatory pigmentation) to treat stubborn cystic/nodular acne that appears due to unknowingly or knowingly ingesting a food/ingredient that breaks me out (I do my best to avoid these foods). If you cover treated area w/ a bandaid, it makes product more effective.

Stage 2 (Prevention): "cheapest" method ~ Since Aug. 2002
* Follow a Gluten-Free, Trans-Fat Free, Dairy-Free and No Added Sugar diet for my Insulin Resistance/Hyperandrogenism (Silent Chronic Inflammatory Syndrome)
* Avoid ALL types of nuts and the Genus Prunus (almonds, plums, peaches, nectarines, apricots, cherries), Bananas, Pineapples, Cottonseed oil, Artificial Sweetners.

Stage 3 (Correction):
* 1/18/08 Ultimate Colon Cleanse (30 day program)

* Developing functional foods for those with acne & other special needs (assuming there's a defficiency).
* Developing good & "safe" formulas for various hormonal issues for women. Correction stage may resolve this for some.

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Posted 06 June 2004 - 08:55 AM

I'm trying to keep the amount of junk food i eat down to a minimum, and if I do go all out and eat it I usually take a "booster" of B5/Pantethine to counteract it's effects.
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Posted 07 June 2004 - 02:58 PM

It seems like everyone on this site is a junior scientist or detective. Before I came to this site, I was unbelievably ignorant about skin care....I look back on it now and damn. I've learned so much from this site/messageboard. I just wish I possesed the knowledge I know now two years back.

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Posted 07 June 2004 - 03:36 PM


I was on B5 for a month and it helped. The one thing that happened to me was going to the bathroom often (#2). I think that helped because whatever bad stuff in me that could have been causing the acne came out. Just a thought. The B5 also made me really hungry. Good luck!


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