Sunday, January 15, 2006

PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid)

PABA is an anti-aging remedy that is suppose to reverse graying hair if taken in large doses. Side-effects include nausea, vomiting, and blood disorders. PABA is usually found in health food stores next to the B vitamins. PABA does not really belong there because it is not a vitamin for people. Some bacteria need it in their diets, but people do not. Sulfa drugs act by interfering with a bacterium's use of PABA, because of this the use of PABA may inhibit action of antibacterial drugs.
Meister, K. A. "The 80' s Search for the Fountain of Youth Comes Up Very Dry," In Aging, Goldstein, E. C., ed. Vol. 2, Art. 76. Boca Raton, Fl.: Social Issues Resources Series, Inc., 1981.


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