What foods are good sources of pantothenic acid, or vitamin B5?

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Dr. Rovenia Brock, PhD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Pantothenic acid is widely available in plant and animal food sources. Rich sources include organ meats (liver, kidney), egg yolk, whole grains, avocados, cashew nuts, peanuts, lentils, soybeans, brown rice, broccoli and milk.
The top sources of vitamin B5 in foods are:
  • liver
  • wild salmon
  • mushrooms
  • lentils
  • turkey breast
  • cereal
Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) is found in highest concentrations in liver and other organ meats, milk, fish, and poultry. Good plant sources of pantothenic acid include whole grains, legumes, broccoli, cauliflower, and nuts. There is no official RDA for pantothenic acid, but a daily intake of four to seven milligrams is believed to be adequate.

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