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PABA (Para Amino Benzoic Acid) Print E-mail
by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy PABA is the shortened name for para-aminobenzoic acid which you may know as an ingredient in sunscreens. In fact it is a nutritional ingredient as well. Because it is a partial structure of B6, it is considered a "B-complex factor." PABA relates to protein structure, use and degradation and to red blood cell formation as well as also assisting in the manufacture of folic acid in the intestines. It is used in sunscreen because it can helps filter out ultra-violet radiation. People suffering from vitiligo, also over-pigmentation of skin, and also those without pigment in some spots, have reported an improvement of the skin after PABA therapy. PAMA also helps in maintaining intestinal flora. When PABA supplies are inadequate, fatigue, irritability, nervousness and depression may become manifest and also constipation. Weeping eczema and patchy areas on the skin have also been noted in people with PABA deficiency.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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