PABA is a natural non-protein amino acid for healthy skin and hair.✝
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Para-Aminobenzoic Acid (aka PABA, 4-aminobenzoic acid, vitamin B10 and vitamin Bx) is a natural non-protein amino acid that belongs to the vitamin B-complex group.1, 5 PABA is not synthesised by humans, but it is not considered an essential nutrient. It is naturally found in foods, such as whole grains, yeast, spinach, liver and kidney.2
PABA is biologically important in the body as it improves the protein use in the body, activates the synthesis of interferon that possesses an antiviral effect and assists in the production of folic acid (vitamin B9) in the intestines.1, 5 In fact, PABA is a precursor for the synthesis of folic acid, which itself is involved in many important biological reactions, including DNA repair and methylation.3 Folic acid is equally important for children and adults as sufficient levels of folic acid are required for erythrocytes production.3 In contrast, deficiency of folic acid is associated with physiological disorders, such as anaemia and neural tube defects in newborns.4 Folic acid is also important for the elderly people in order to maintain cognitive performance and reduce the risk of mental disorders.4
PABA is widely used as a sunscreen agent and other skin care products as it can help to protect the skin against ultraviolet (UV) radiation upon exposure to the sun.5 However, since the human body cannot synthesise PABA, it is also available as a dietary supplement. For example, PABA is biologically important to skin, hair pigment, red blood cell formation and intestinal health.1 PABA provides extra nourishment to hair. In fact, deficiency of PABA is known to cause hair to turn grey. Therefore, by adding PABA supplement to your regular diet you can prevent and in some cases even reverse the greying of hair. In addition, there is some evidence to suggest that PABA has anti-wrinkle effects.
PABA is rapidly absorbed and biosynthesised by intestinal bacteria and then metabolised and conjugated in the liver.
The recommended daily dosage of PABA is 500 mg. PABA is water soluble.
PABA is considered to be a safe supplement. However, you should not exceed the recommended daily dosage as high doses of PABA can be harmful. Also, some people may have allergic reactions to the PABA molecule with symptoms such as rash, swelling, dizziness and itching. Please note that sulfa antibiotics users should not take PABA, because it has been shown to reduce their effectiveness.
Serving size: 1 capsule
Servings per bottle: 120
Amount per serving: 500 mg PABA
Other ingredients: Magnesium Stearate; Silicon Dioxide
This product is free from: Artificial Flavours, Colours & Preservatives, Lactose, Yeast & Gluten. Natural colour variation may occur in this product.
Suitable for: Vegetarians and Vegans
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