Para-aminobenzoic acid

Overview

Para-aminobenzoic acid is part of the vitamin B complex, although it is not a true vitamin, and the folic acid molecule.  Intestinal bacteria synthesize it.  It is used in sunscreen products and helps maintain skin health.


Function

In order to have optimum skin, hair, and intestinal health, para-aminobenzoic acid is believed to have an influence.


Forms Available


Recommended Intake

Not enough research has been conducted in order to determine an exact recommended daily intake value.


Deficiency

No symptoms or conditions have been observed.


Sources in the Diet

Brewer’s yeast, liver, molasses, mushrooms, spinach, and whole grains have para-aminobenzoic acid.


Recent Studies and Articles

Metabolism and para-aminobenzoic acid

http://www.jbc.org/content/193/2/453.full.pdf

Para-aminobenzoic acid in sunscreen

http://www.livestrong.com/article/134435-what-is-paba-sunscreen/


Challenges Presented


Watson Products


Sources

  1. [0] – http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002518.htm
  2. [0] – The New Encyclopedia of Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements, and Herbs