Para-aminobenzoic acid or PABA isn’t most well known as a dietary nutrient, but minimal scientific evidence suggests that PABA is believed to increase the ability of estrogen to boost fertility.
A 1942 study parked interest and reported that 16 women who had fertility problems took 100mg of PABA 4x a day for 3-7 months. 75% became pregnant. The effects of PABA on fertility has not been studied since.
While this is not a completely sound source, it definitely raises some curiosity from me. A 75% success rate is amazing, but that was more than 50 years ago. The state of fertility our country in is different now than it was then. Why has there been no further research into PABA an it’s effects on fertility?
What is PABA?
PABA is a part of the B-vitamin complex family; Vitamin B10. It is naturally found in foods including grains, eggs, milk, and meat.
The suggested daily dose used in the study:
The study used 100mg 4x a day. Yet taking PABA as part of a complete B vitamin complex would be the safest way to take it.
Are there any side effects from taking PABA?
There are no side effects from the dosages mentioned here.
- Sieve, B.F. (1942). The clinical effects of a new B complex factor, para-aminobenzoic acid, on pigmentation and fertility. South Med Surg. 104:135–139. Retrieved from http://therapy.epnet.com/nat/GetContent.asp?chunkiid=21831