Para-Aminobenzoic Acid (Paba)

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What other names is Para-aminobenzoic Acid (paba) known by?

4-Aminobenzoic Acid, ABA, Acide 4-aminobenzoïque, Acide Aminobenzoïque, Acide p-aminobenzoïque, Acide Para-Amino-Benzoïque, Acide Paraaminobenzoïque, Acide Para-Aminobenzoïque, Acido Para Aminobenzoico, Aminobenzoic Acid, Aminobenzoate Potassium, Bacterial Vitamin H1, Ethyl Dihydroxypropyl Aminobenzoate, Glyceryl Paraaminobenzoate, Octyl Diemthyl PABA, P-Aminobenzoic Acid, Padamate O, Para-Aminobenzoate, Vitamin B10, Vitamin Bx, Vitamin H1, Vitamine B10, Vitamine Bactérienne H1, Vitamine Bx.

What is Para-aminobenzoic Acid (paba)?

Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) is a chemical found in the folic acid vitamin and also in several foods including grains, eggs, milk, and meat.

Effective for...

  • Use as a sunscreen, when applied directly to the skin.

Possibly Ineffective for...

  • Treating a condition that causes hardening or thickening of the skin (scleroderma).

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Female infertility, arthritis, anemia, constipation, headaches, preventing hair loss, darkening gray hair, and various skin conditions such as vitiligo, pemphigus, dermatomyostis, morphea, Peyronie's disease, and other conditions.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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