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Benefits of the Supplement PABA

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Helen Nnama has six years of writing experience. She is a health contributor to TBR Journal, editor of fertility confidential manuals, published poet, and a greeting card writer. She has a B.S. in microbiology, an M.S. in epidemiology, and is an M.D. candidate. A former state HIV/AIDS epidemiologist and NIA fellow at Johns Hopkins, she has research experience with published work.
Benefits of the Supplement PABA
PABA can help protect you from the harmful rays of the sun. Photo Credit Sun image by KPICKS from Fotolia.com

Para-aminobenzoic acid, commonly known as PABA, serves as a non-essential nutrient found in liver, whole grains, molasses, mushrooms, brewer's yeast and spinach. Some people consider PABA as a form of B vitamin, thus the name vitamin Bx, according to Medline Plus. However, as mentioned by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, the action of PABA greatly varies from those belonging to the B vitamin family. Though considered as a relatively safe nutritional supplement, Medline Plus reports that you must observe caution in the use of PABA because of the possible occurrence of overdose and allergic reactions.


Vitiligo describes a skin disorder where you lose your skin pigmentation, resulting in white patches seen on the skin. The local destruction of the pigment-producing cells of the skin results in the appearance of the white skin patches. According to Palo Alto Medical Foundation, approximately 1 to 4 percent of the global population has this skin problem. It suggests that a regular intake of 100 mg PABA supplement thrice to four times per day combined with the PABA injections may help in the improvement and repigmentation of the skin areas affected by vitiligo.

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Female Infertility

Infertility serves to describe a condition where you fail to get pregnant despite having unprotected sexual activity for a period of one year. Various medical and gynecologic problems result in the development of female infertility. The most common causes of female infertility include decreased thyroid function, scarring of the fallopian tubes, the tubes that transport the ovum from the ovaries into the uterus and endometriosis, the abnormal growth of uterine tissues in other areas of the body. According to Palo Alto Medical Foundation, some studies suggest that infertile women may become pregnant with the regular intake of PABA supplement 100 mg four times per day. However, more clinical trials are still needed in order to establish this.

Dermatitis Herpetiformis

Dermatitis herpetiformis results from the onset of severe food allergy leading to the formation of itchy, uncomfortable appearance of rashes. As mentioned by Palo Alto Medical Foundation, most patients affected by dermatitis herpetiformis are those usually between ages twenty to forty, although it can also occur in any age. According to Palo Alto Medical Foundation, some studies suggest that if you suffer from this conditiona nd use PABA supplements in high amounts, you can reduce the occurrence of the skin lesions. However, the intake of PABA for the treatment of dermatitis herpetiformis must only be done with the supervision of a qualified and experienced health care professional since the high dosage of PABA may result in many dangerous side effects.


PABA may serve as a broad-spectrum sunscreen that can protect your skin from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun, according to the American Melanoma Foundation. However, some patients are allergic to this type of sunscreen protection. Furthermore, the use of PABA may also result in the staining of your clothes and this discourages most patients from using this.

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