Para Amino Benzoic Acid, also known as PABA or vitamin Bx, is an amino acid that is part of folic acid. It is not a B vitamin, but is closely associated with the B vitamins. It can be synthesized by the friendly bacteria in the small intestine. The rich dietary sources of PABA include wheat germ, wheat bran, mushrooms, brown rice, whole wheat, spinach, brewer’s yeast, molasses, liver, kidney, chicken and fish.
A regular consumption of para amino benzoic acid confers many health benefits on its consumers. It acts as a coenzyme in the metabolism of protein and helps in the utilization of pantothenic acid. PABA aids in the formation of red blood cells and may prevent accumulation of abnormal fibrous tissue. Moreover, it assists friendly bacteria in producing folic acid.
Recent researches show that para amino benzoic acid may help treat leukoderma (loss of pigmentation in some areas of skin). PABA, along with folic acid, copper, biotin and pantothenic acid, helps return hair to its natural colour. Another unique attribute of vitamin Bx is that it exhibits sun screen properties.
The deficiency symptoms of para amino benzoic acid include nervousness, irritability, depression, constipation, extreme fatigue, moist eczema, headaches, digestive disorders, premature greying of hair, and premature wrinkling of skin.
People with an inadequate PABA intake should take a dietary supplement that provides their bodies with the recommended dietary allowance of this beneficial amino acid. Natures Own P.A.B.A 50mg is a popular brand on the market that contains PABA 50mg per tablet. It is suitable for people with yeast insensitivities and Candida and for vegetarians.