The full name for PABA is Para-Aminobenzoic Acid. Does that help? Let's stick to PABA. PABA is one of the elements of folate and helps assimilate B5 in the body. Again, intestinal bacteria play a major role in converting PABA into folate and PABA pays them back by assisting in the maintenance of healthy intestinal flora. PABA plays other roles as an antioxidant and a coenzyme. As an antioxidant, it protects you from sunburn by absorbing UVB radiation. As a coenzyme, PABA is important to the breakdown and use of protein. PABA is also important in the formation of red blood cells. Too gray too fast? Some studies have shown that adding PABA to your diet may restore gray hair to its original color if the graying was caused by stress or a nutritional deficiency. PABA is the great defender as well, protecting us against second-hand smoke, ozone and other air pollutants. It may help reduce inflammation associated with arthritis and enhance flexibility.
Foods that contain PABA include kidney, liver, molasses, mushrooms, spinach and whole grains.
A deficiency can lead to depression, fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders, graying of the hair, irritability, nervousness and patchy areas of white skin.