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Para-Amino Benzoic Acid (PABA)
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Why PABA is good for you

Para-amino benzoic acid (PABA) is one of the B vitamin co-factors. It assists the B vitamins to function more effectively.

Para-amino benzoic acid (PABA) is used to improve the way proteins are used in the body, it assists with red blood cell formation, as well as assisting in the manufacture of folic acid in the intestines. PABA also maintains correct intestinal flora.

PABA is used in sunscreen preparations since it can help protect the skin against ultra-violet radiation.


Important PABA facts


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Groups at risk of PABA deficiency

There are none reported.


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Symptoms of PABA deficiency

When PABA is in short supply fatigue, irritability, nervousness and depression might manifest itself as well as constipation.

Weeping eczema has also been noted in people with PABA deficiency as well as patchy, itchy areas on the skin.


PABA and health

Blocking ultraviolet radiation - PABA helps to block ultraviolet rays and is a useful ingredient in sunscreens

Sunscreen in moisturisers - PABA is also used as a sunscreen in body moisturisers to prevent sun damage

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PABA in food

PABA is actually part of the folic acid molecule, so it will be found in folate-rich foods, such as:

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PABA recommended daily intake (RDI)

RDA No information available
TOXIC LEVELS No information available

The tolerable upper limits should only be taken for short periods and only under medical supervision.


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PABA works best with


Overdosage, toxicity and cautions for PABA

Sensitivity in some individuals. Liver function may need to be checked.

Overdosage or toxicity symptoms are:

  • Anorexia
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Rash

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Last reviewed: 1 August 2020 || Last updated: 1 August 2020


NOTE: Mega doses of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, or other supplements cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of nutrient supplement.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.


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