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PABA is the Sun Protecting Vitamin


One of the most important of all elements is also one of the hardest to pronounce. The sun-protecting nutrient goes by the name of para-aminobenzoic acid, but we will use its more common name, PABA.

The sun protecting benefits of PABA are well known, and indeed PABA may be best known as an ingredient in many sunscreens. PABA is great at providing protection from the ultraviolet rays of the sun, but it also has great value as a nutrient, and it plays an important role in the body’s production of folic acid as well.

PABA also is known to increase the availability of protein within the human body, and this makes it a good nutrient for those seeking to lose weight and build muscle.

Dietary Sources of PABA:

Some of the most important dietary sources of PABA are kidneys, liver, grains, molasses, spinach and mushrooms.

Recommended Daily Intake of PABA:

No daily intake level of PABA has yet been established.

PABA Supplements:

Most PABA supplements use a strength of 50mg, and PABA is often combined with vitamin B9 and vitamin C.

Side Effects and Toxicity of PABA:

PABA in high levels can result in nausea and vomiting, and in skin rashes. Very high levels can also result in liver toxicity, but the toxic level of PABA is quite high, and should not be a problem for most people.

Symptoms of PABA Deficiency:

Symptoms of a deficiency of PABA can include irritability and depression, constipation, nervousness, skin problems and eczema.

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