Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) supplements with the fewest additives

Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) may help manage cholesterol/triglycerides, rheumatoid arthritis, and acne. However, many B5 supplements contain more than just the pantothenic acid. For example, silica or silicon dioxide are often added to prevent caking, magnesium stearate or stearic acid for easier manufacturing, hypromellose (hydroxypropyl methylcellulose) as an emulsifier or thickener, and gums to bind ingredients together.

I try to avoid these additives because they may have questionable health effects. If you want to do the same, my recommendations are:

Recommended for a no-additive B5 capsules

Photo of Dr Clark Store Pantothenic Acid (Capsules)
Dr Clark Store Pantothenic Acid (Capsules)
Available on drclarkstore.com
Positives:
  • silica-free / silicon-dioxide-free
  • stearic acid-free / magnesium stearate-free
  • hypromellose-free / hydroxypropyl methylcellulose-free
  • free of gums
Negatives:
(none)
All ingredients:

Pantothenic acid (as calcium d-pantothenate), gelatin capsule.

Recommended for straight B5 powders

I no longer know of a source for the Japanese-produced pantothenic acid powder I previously recommended. If you have a source, please let me know in the comments. In the meantime, I'd suggest either of the following:

BulkSupplements Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
Available on Bulk Supplements
Positives:
  • silica-free / silicon-dioxide-free
  • stearic acid-free / magnesium stearate-free
  • hypromellose-free / hydroxypropyl methylcellulose-free
  • free of gums
Negatives:
(none)
All ingredients:

Pantothenic acid (as D-calcium pantothenate).

PureBulk Pantothenic Acid / Vitamin B5 / Calcium Pantothenate (Powder)
Available on PureBulk
Positives:
  • silica-free / silicon-dioxide-free
  • stearic acid-free / magnesium stearate-free
  • hypromellose-free / hydroxypropyl methylcellulose-free
  • free of gums
Negatives:
(none)
All ingredients:

Pantothenic acid (as D-calcium pantothenate).

In the UK?

Metabolics Vitamin B5 Pantothenic Acid (Liquid)
Available on metabolics.com
Positives:
  • silica-free / silicon-dioxide-free
  • stearic acid-free / magnesium stearate-free
  • hypromellose-free / hydroxypropyl methylcellulose-free
  • free of gums
Negatives:
(none)
All ingredients:

Pantothenic acid, purified water.

Outside the US/UK?

If you frequently need US-based products, Reship.com and MyUS.com can forward packages to you from the US.

If you find a better option in your country, please let me know in the comments.


Other vitamin B5 supplements

The following are other vitamin B5 supplements I'm aware of, sorted alphabetically.

Name Ingredients
Allergy Research Group Pantothenic Acid (Veggie Capsules)

Pantothenic acid (as calcium pantothenate), hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide.

Bluebonnet Nutrition Pantothenic Acid (Veggie Capsules)

Pantothenic acid (calcium D-pantothenate), 100% kosher vegetable capsules, vegetable cellulose, vegetable magnesium stearate.

Country Life Gluten Free Pantothenic Acid (Tablets)

Pantothenic acid (as calcium D-pantothenate), cellulose, stearic acid, magnesium stearate, cellulose & glycerin coating, silica, vegetable glaze.

Designs For Health Pantothenic Acid (Veggie Capsules)

Pantothenic acid (as D-calcium pantothenate), microcrystalline cellulose, vegetable stearate, rice flour.

Douglas Laboratories Pantothenic Acid (Capules)

Pantothenic acid (as D-calcium pantothenate), gelatin (capsule), cellulose, vegetable stearate.

Epigenetics Vitamin B5 Pantothenic Acid (Liquid)

Calcium pantothenate, purified water, citric acid.

Jarrow Formulas Pantothenic Acid B5 (Capsules)

Pantothenic acid (as D-calcium pantothenate), cellulose and magnesium stearate (vegetable source), capsule consists of gelatin.

KAL Pantothenic Acid (Tablets)

Pantothenic acid (as D-calcium pantothenate), cellulose, stearic acid, magnesium stearate (vegetable source).

Life Extension Pantothenic Acid (Capsules)

Pantothenic acid (as D-calcium pantothenate), gelatin, vegetable stearate.

Lyrus Labs Pantothenic Acid (Capsules)

Pantothenic acid (as calcium pantothenate), gelatin (capsule), magnesium stearate.

Metabolic Maintenance Pantothenic Acid (Capsules)

Pantothenic acid (as calcium D-pantothenate), vegetarian capsule.

Metabolics Vitamin B5 Pantethine (Veggie Caps)

Pantethine, microcrystalline cellulose (derived from alpha cellulose wood pulp), methylcellulose capsules.

Natrol Pantothenic Acid (Capsules)

Pantothenic acid (from D-calcium pantothenic acid), gelatin, cellulose, water, stearic acid, magnesium stearate, silica.

Natural Factors D'Pantothenic Acid (Capsules)

Pantothenic acid (as calcium pantothenate), rice powder, gelatin capsule (gelatin, purified water), magnesium stearate (vegetable grade).

Nature's Life Pantothenic Acid (Tablets)

Pantothenic acid (as calcium pantothenate), cellulose, silica, stearic acid.

Nature's Plus Pantothenic Acid (Tablets)

Pantothenic acid (as calcium pantothenate), microcrystalline cellulose, stearic acid, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, silica, rice bran, magnesium stearate and pharmaceutical glaze.

Nature's Way Pantothenic Acid (Capsules)

Pantothenic acid (as D-calcium pantothenate), cellulose, gelatin (capsule), magnesium stearate.

NOW Foods Pantothenic Acid (Capsules)

Pantothenic acid (from calcium pantothenate), gelatin (capsule) and magnesium stearate (vegetable source).

NutraBio Pantothenic Acid (Veggie Capsules)

Pantothenic acid (as d-calcium pantothenate), rice flour, vegetable capsule.

Nutricology Pantothenic Acid (Veggie Capsules)

Pantothenic acid (as calcium pantothenate), hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide.

Powder City Pantothenic Acid (Powder) [now out of business]

Calcium pantothenate.

Progessive Laboratories Pantothenic 500 (Veggie Capsules)

Pantothenic acid (as calcium pantothenate), hypromellose (vegetable capsule), vegetable lubricant.

Pure Encapsulations Pantothenic Acid (Veggie Capsules)

Pantothenic acid (as calcium pantothenate), hypo-allergenic plant fiber (cellulose from pesticide-free Southern pine, probably hydroxypropyl methylcellulose), vegetarian capsule (cellulose from pesticide-free Southern pine, probably hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, water).

Seeking Health Pantothenic Acid (Veggie Capsules)

Pantothenic acid (as D-calcium pantothenate), vegetarian capsule (hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, water), L-leucine, and silicon dioxide.

Solgar Pantothenic Acid (Veggie Capsules)

Pantothenic acid (as D-Ca pantothenate), vegetable cellulose, silica, vegetable magnesium stearate.

Source Naturals Pantothenic Acid (Tablets)

Pantothenic acid (as calcium D-pantothenate), sorbitol, microcrystalline cellulose, stearic acid, modified cellulose gum, and colloidal silicon dioxide.

Superior Nutraceuticals Vitamin B5 USP (Powder)

Pantothenic acid (as D-calcium pantothenate).

Swanson Pantothenic Acid (Capsules)

Pantothenic acid USP (as D-calcium pantothenate), gelatin, magnesium stearate.

Twinlab Pantothenic Acid (B-5) Caps (Capsules)

Pantothenic acid (as d-calcium pantothenate), gelatin, medium chain triglycerides, magnesium stearate.

Vital Nutrients Pantothenic Acid

Pantothenic acid (as calcium pantothenate), vegetable cellulose capsule, rice powder, leucine, silica.


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