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PABA (Para Amino Benzoic Acid)

An antioxidant vitamin related to folic acid, PABA is the "sun-screen" vitamin that prorects the skin from sunburn.

It"s known for its ability to absorb ultraviolet (UV) light, thus helping to prevent the wrinkling of skin and reducing the risk of cancer. It is therefore widely used in sunblock preparations.

It also corrects loss of pigmentation in skin and hair, prevents greying and retards hair loss.

Among its best natural sources are brewer"s yeast, whole grains, raw wheat germ, molasses and offal.

Although the body synthesises PABA, it may not be sufficient for maximum protection and supplements might have beneficial effects, especially if not many of the above items are contained in the diet. See 'Antioxidants'

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