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PABA review
Basics: a non-protein amino acid acting as a cofactor of the vitamin B complex.
Benefits: important for healthy hair and skin, provides protection against ozone, smoking, and other air pollutants.
Dosage: 30 to 100 mg daily, three times a day.
Sources: bran, eggs, kidney, liver, molasses, wheat germ, brewer's yeast, and yogurt.
Deficiency: PABA deficiency causes fatigue, irritability, depression, nervousness, headache, constipation.
Overdose: overdoses cause low blood sugar, rash, fever, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
 

Sources of para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA)


Natural sources of PABA include bran, eggs, kidney, liver, molasses, wheat germ, brewer's yeast, and yogurt. Dietary sources of PABA include bran, kidney, liver, brewer's yeast, molasses, whole grains, wheat germ, yogurt, mushrooms, blackstrap molasses, leafy green vegetables such as spinach, and spinach. In humans, PABA is biosynthesized by intestinal bacteria and appears to be vital to their metabolism.