Vitamin B10 (Para Amino Benzoic Acid – PABA)
Vitamin B10 is best known for helping in the growth of microorganisms in the body. It guards our skin against free radicals contained in the harmful chemicals found in air pollution and the sun’s ultraviolet rays (that can make our skin vulnerable to infections). This explains why PABA can be found as an ingredient in some sunscreen lotions.
Vitamin B10’s role in the growth of microorganisms explains why, as a supplement, it can help heal irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other gastrointestinal distress, as well as inflammatory reactions. As a coenzyme, B10 also assists our cells in their optimal utilization of protein as well as protein metabolism and red blood cell formation. Other reported health benefits of B10 include acting as an anti-allergen for the skin, alleviating rheumatic fever, and as an anti-aging agent working to eliminate lines, wrinkles, and dark spots.
Food sources: Green leafy vegetables, whole grains, molasses, mushrooms, wheat germ, and eggs.
Vitamin B11 (Salicylic Acid)
Within our bodies, Vitamin B11 is synthesized by the amino acid phenylalanine.
Vitamin B11 often works in tandem with B12 to contribute to the formation of DNA and RNA. It also is essential to the formation and growth of tissues as well as the nervous system(brains and spinal cord) during embryogenesis. Its other functions include being an element with red blood bodies and blood plasma, being used as an ingredient in some anti-acne creams, and benefiting in the treatment of foot-related issues like psoriasis, corns, calluses, and numerous other skin afflictions.
Food sources: Egg yolk, liver, meat and poultry, organs, potatoes, and green leafy vegetables such as spinach.
Easy Tips For Immune Health
Common sense self-care habits are essential to supporting your immune system which will help you stay healthy from viruses including the coronavirus.
- Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night
- drinking plenty of water (1/2 your weight in ounces of water per day), eating fresh vegetables and fruits daily – preferably organic
- eating a clean diet (wild-caught fish and free-range meats)
- minimize sugar and processed foods
- minimize stress
- WASH YOUR HANDS frequently
Dr. Laurie Goldman is a medical doctor, psychiatrist, and functional medicine practitioner who’s been in private practice since 1999. She founded Clear Path Wellness to help her patients reach their maximum state of mental and physical health using a personalized, comprehensive approach powered by the principles of functional medicine, which treats the whole person, not just symptoms.