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Paba - Benefits, Deficiency Symptoms And Food Sources

Alternative name :: Para-Aminobenzoic Acid and Sunscreen vitamin

Para-Aminobenzoic Acid (PABA) is part of the folic acid molecule and is a member of the B complex. It is made by intestinal bacteria and can be found in bran, brown rice, kidney, liver, molasses, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, whole-grain products and yogurt. PABA can be converted into folate by intestinal bacteria. This antioxidant helps protect against sunburn and, consequently, skin cancer; acts as a coenzyme in the breakdown and utilization of protein; and assists in the formation of red blood cells.

Functions and benefits of Paba

Paba has a number of important functions and benefits. For example it:

  • PABA is used in combination with salicylates in the treatment of rheumatic fever.
  • PABA is required hair health and a co-enzyme in the metabolism of proteins and the production of blood cells.
  • PABA is used to improve the protein used in the body.
  • Protect the skin from the harmful rays of the sun.

Recommended Dosage for Paba

  • For adults, the usual dose of Paba is 400 mcg.
  • For children, the usual dose of Paba is 200 to 300 mcg.
  • For Infants, the usual dose of Paba is 50 mcg.
  • For Pregnant women, the usual dose of Paba is 800 mcg.
  • For Lactation, the usual dose of Paba is 600 mcg.

Food sources of Vitamin Paba

  • Bran flakes
  • Brewer's yeast
  • Egg (whole)
  • Molasses
  • Rice
  • Wheat germ
  • Whole wheat
Deficiency Symptoms of Vitamin Paba
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Depression
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Graying of the hair
  • Patchy areas of white skin

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