Alternative names: p-Aminobenzoic Acid.
PABA is an antioxidant nutrient that inhibits the formation of the damaging free radicals (unbonded oxygen molecules that cause aging and degeneration). PABA is considered to be one of the B-complex vitamins.
This compound is widely distributed in nature and is found especially in brewer's and bakers yeast.
PABA has been used in various creams to prevent sunburn.
The US RDA has not been established for PABA. PABA is listed in the U.S.P.
Since unwanted side-effects (including skin rash and fever) are possible at higher quantities, it is best to work with PABA along with a health care professional skilled and knowledgeable in nutritional therapy.
PABA can help in vitiligo repigmentation. Depending on the severity of the problem, recommended dosage varies between 500 and 2000mg, three times daily.
PABA potentiates the hormone cortisol. When cortisol is being supplemented, the dosage of PABA may need to be reduced.
See the link between Body Odor and Vitamin B-Complex.
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