PABA Para-Aminobenzoic Acid

PABA is one of the newer members of the B complex family. It is water soluble, usually measured in milligrams. Can be synthesized in the body. No RDI/RDA has yet been established. Helps form folic acid and is important in the utilization of protein. Helps in the assimilation- and therefore the effectiveness of pantothenic acid.

Function of PABA

PABA keeps skin healthy and smooth and can reduce the pain of burns. It is help in delaying wrinkles, helps restore natural color to your hair.
Some people claim that combination of folic acid and PABA has returned their graying hair to its natural color. It has worked on animals, so it is certainly worth a try for anyone looking for a alternative to hair dye. For this purpose, 1000mg daily for six days a week is a viable regimen. If you are taking penicillin, your PABA intake should be increased, with food or supplements.

Foods rich in PABA

Liver, Brewer’s yeast, kidney, whole grains, rice, bran, wheat germ and molasses.
Good B-complex capsules as well as high-quality multi vitamins often contain 30-100 mg. Available in 30-1000mg. strengths in regular and time release forms.

Signs of deficiency


Signs of excess

No known toxic effects, but long term programs of high dosages are not recommended.
Symptoms that might indicate oversupply of PABA are usually nausea and vomiting.
Excessive amounts of PABA in certain individuals may have negative effect on the liver, kidneys and heart.

Recommended daily dosage

No RDI/RDA has yet been established.

To buy


Further reading

Web md
Health library
Science direct


  1. New Vitamin Bible Earl L. Mindell, Hachette Book Group, 2011

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