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Vitamin B5 - Pantothenic Acid

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Food NamePantothenic Acid
Butter, salted0.110
Butter, whipped, with salt0.110
Butter oil, anhydrous0.010
Cheese, blue1.729
Cheese, brick0.288
Cheese, brie0.690
Cheese, camembert1.364
Cheese, caraway0.190
Cheese, cheddar0.413
Cheese, cheshire0.413
Cheese, colby0.210
Cheese, cottage, creamed, large or small curd0.557
Cheese, cottage, creamed, with fruit0.181
Cheese, cottage, nonfat, uncreamed, dry, large or small curd0.446
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  • Vitamin B5 or pantothenic value is in mg and calculated per 100g of food weight.
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The B Vitamins

information from the National Institutes of Health

The B vitamins are

  • B1 (thiamine, also thiamin)
  • B2 (riboflavin)
  • B3 (niacin)
  • B5 (pantothenic acid)
  • B6
  • B7 (biotin)
  • B12
  • Folic acid

These vitamins help the process your body uses to get or make energy from the food you eat. They also help form red blood cells. You can get B vitamins from proteins such as fish, poultry, meat, eggs, and dairy products. Leafy green vegetables, beans, and peas also have B vitamins. Many cereals and some breads have added B vitamins.

Not getting enough of certain B vitamins can cause diseases. A lack of B12 or B6 can cause anemia.

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Vitamin B5 or Pantothenic Acid

Pantothenic acid is a vitamin, also known as vitamin B5. It is widely found in both plants and animals including meat, vegetables, cereal grains, legumes, eggs, and milk.

Vitamin B5 is commercially available as D-pantothenic acid, as well as dexpanthenol and calcium pantothenate, which are chemicals made in the lab from D-pantothenic acid.

Pantothenic acid is frequently used in combination with other B vitamins in vitamin B complex formulations. Vitamin B complex generally includes vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin/niacinamide), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin), and folic acid. However, some products do not contain all of these ingredients and some may include others, such as biotin, para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), choline bitartrate, and inositol.

Pantothenic acid has a long list of uses, although there isn’t enough scientific evidence to determine whether it is effective for most of these uses. People take pantothenic acid for treating dietary deficiencies, acne, alcoholism, allergies, baldness, asthma, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, burning feet syndrome, yeast infections, heart failure, carpal tunnel syndrome, respiratory disorders, celiac disease, colitis, conjunctivitis, convulsions, and cystitis. It is also taken by mouth for dandruff, depression, diabetic nerve pain, enhancing immune function, improving athletic performance, tongue infections, gray hair, headache, hyperactivity, low blood sugar, trouble sleeping (insomnia), irritability, low blood pressure, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, muscular cramps in the legs associated with pregnancy or alcoholism, neuralgia, and obesity.

Pantothenic acid is also used orally for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson's disease, nerve pain, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), enlarged prostate, protection against mental and physical stress and anxiety, reducing adverse effects of thyroid therapy in congenital hypothyroidism, reducing signs of aging, reducing susceptibility to colds and other infections, retarded growth, shingles, skin disorders, stimulating adrenal glands, chronic fatigue syndrome, salicylate toxicity, streptomycin neurotoxicity, dizziness, and wound healing.

People apply dexpanthenol, which is made from pantothenic acid, to the skin for itching, promoting healing of mild eczemas and other skin conditions, insect stings, bites, poison ivy, diaper rash, and acne. It is also applied topically for preventing and treating skin reactions to radiation therapy.

What is Pantothenic Acid Effective for?

Based on scientific evidence, Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates the effectiveness of vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) as follows:

  • Effective for...
    • Treating or preventing pantothenic acid deficiency.

Foods High in Vitamin B5

Excluding the fortified breakfast cereals, the following foods are high in vitamin B5 content.



Foods Rich in Vitamin B5 (excluding fortified breakfast cereals) Vitamin B5 (mg)

Formulated bar, MARS SNACKFOOD US, SNICKERS Marathon Double Chocolate Nut Bar 22.6

Formulated bar, MARS SNACKFOOD US, SNICKERS Marathon Honey Nut Oat Bar 22.6

Formulated bar, MARS SNACKFOOD US, SNICKERS Marathon Energy Bar, all flavors 22.6

Mushrooms, shiitake, dried 21.9

Pepeao, dried 21.5

Formulated bar, MARS SNACKFOOD US, SNICKERS Marathon Chewy Chocolate Peanut Bar 18.2

Formulated bar, MARS SNACKFOOD US, SNICKERS MARATHON MULTIGRAIN CRUNCH BAR 18.2

Formulated bar, LUNA BAR, NUTZ OVER CHOCOLATE 15.9

Formulated bar, POWER BAR, chocolate 15.9

Leavening agents, yeast, baker's, active dry 13.5

Formulated bar, MARS SNACKFOOD US, SNICKERS MARATHON Protein Performance Bar, Caramel 12.5

Nut Rush

Formulated bar, SLIM-FAST OPTIMA meal bar, milk chocolate peanut 10.1

Soy protein isolate, PROTEIN TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL, ProPlus 9.0

Chicken, liver, all classes, cooked, pan-fried 8.3

Protein supplement, milk based, Muscle Milk Light, powder 8.0

Egg, yolk, dried 7.8

Rice bran, crude 7.4

Beef, variety meats and by-products, liver, raw 7.2

Beef, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, braised 7.1

Veal, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, pan-fried 7.1

Seeds, sunflower seed kernels, toasted, with salt added 7.1

Seeds, sunflower seed kernels, toasted, without salt 7.1

Seeds, sunflower seed kernels, dry roasted, with salt added 7.0

Seeds, sunflower seed kernels, dry roasted, without salt 7.0

Beef, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, pan-fried 6.9

Seeds, sunflower seed kernels, oil roasted, with salt added 6.9

Seeds, sunflower seed kernels, oil roasted, without salt 6.9

Egg, whole, dried, stabilized, glucose reduced 6.7


Foods Rich in Vitamin B5 (excluding fortified breakfast cereals) Vitamin B5 (mg)

Chicken, liver, all classes, cooked, simmered 6.7

Pork, fresh, variety meats and by-products, liver, raw 6.7

Seeds, sunflower seed flour, partially defatted 6.6

Veal, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, braised 6.6

Egg Mix, USDA Commodity 6.5

Lamb, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, pan-fried 6.3

Turkey, liver, all classes, raw 6.3

Chicken, liver, all classes, raw 6.2

Goose, liver, raw 6.2

Duck, domesticated, liver, raw 6.2

Lamb, variety meats and by-products, liver, raw 6.1

Veal, variety meats and by-products, liver, raw 6.1

Egg, whole, dried 5.9

Protein supplement, milk based, Muscle Milk, powder 5.7

Whey, acid, dried 5.6

Whey, sweet, dried 5.6

Formulated bar, ZONE PERFECT CLASSIC CRUNCH BAR, mixed flavors 5.0

Leavening agents, yeast, baker's, compressed 4.9

Pork, fresh, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, braised 4.8

Pork, fresh, variety meats and by-products, pancreas, cooked, braised 4.7

Yeast extract spread 4.6

Cereals ready-to-eat, MUESLI, dried fruit and nuts 4.6

Moose, liver, braised (Alaska Native) 4.6

Pork, fresh, variety meats and by-products, pancreas, raw 4.6

Tea, instant, unsweetened, powder 4.5

Tea, instant, unsweetened, powder, decaffeinated 4.5

Chicken, broilers or fryers, giblets, cooked, fried 4.5

Turkey, liver, all classes, cooked, simmered 4.4

Snacks, potato chips, plain, salted 4.3

Grape leaves, canned 4.3

Beef, variety meats and by-products, pancreas, cooked, braised 4.2


Foods Rich in Vitamin B5 (excluding fortified breakfast cereals) Vitamin B5 (mg)

Lamb, variety meats and by-products, kidneys, raw 4.2

Energy drink, ROCKSTAR, sugar free 4.2

Energy drink, ROCKSTAR 4.2

Caribou, shoulder meat, dried (Alaska Native) 4.2

Seeds, safflower seed kernels, dried 4.0

Seeds, safflower seed meal, partially defatted 4.0

Beef, variety meats and by-products, kidneys, raw 4.0

Lamb, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, braised 4.0

Turkey, all classes, giblets, raw 4.0

Beef, variety meats and by-products, pancreas, raw 3.9

Cocoa mix, with aspartame, low calorie, powder, with added calcium phosphorus, without added 3.8

sodium or vitamin A

Cocoa mix, no sugar added, powder 3.8

Tomato powder 3.8

OSCAR MAYER, Liver Cheese, pork fat wrapped 3.7

Emu, full rump, cooked, broiled 3.6

Chicken, capons, giblets, raw 3.6

Mushrooms, shiitake, cooked, with salt 3.6

Mushrooms, shiitake, cooked, without salt 3.6

Milk, dry, nonfat, regular, with added vitamin A and vitamin D 3.6

Milk, dry, nonfat, regular, without added vitamin A and vitamin D 3.6

Liver cheese, pork 3.5

Egg, yolk, raw, frozen 3.5

Emu, inside drums, cooked, broiled 3.5

Fish, caviar, black and red, granular 3.5

Seaweed, spirulina, dried 3.5

OSCAR MAYER, Braunschweiger Liver Sausage (sliced) 3.5

Emu, fan fillet, cooked, broiled 3.4

Egg substitute, powder 3.4

Braunschweiger (a liver sausage), pork 3.4

Cheese, gjetost 3.4


Foods Rich in Vitamin B5 (excluding fortified breakfast cereals) Vitamin B5 (mg)

Milk, dry, nonfat, calcium reduced 3.3

Veal, variety meats and by-products, kidneys, raw 3.3

Chicken, capons, giblets, cooked, simmered 3.3

Chicken, stewing, giblets, raw 3.3

Chicken, broilers or fryers, giblets, cooked, simmered 3.3

Milk, dry, nonfat, instant, with added vitamin A and vitamin D 3.2

Milk, dry, nonfat, instant, without added vitamin A and vitamin D 3.2

Egg, yolk, raw, frozen, salted 3.2

Chicken, broilers or fryers, giblets, raw 3.2

Egg, yolk, raw, frozen, sugared 3.2

Milk, buttermilk, dried 3.2


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