Vitamin B10 (PABA): What runners should know about Vitamin B10 (PABA)
Vitamin B10 (PABA) supports healthy red blood cells --- important to runners to carry oxygen throughout the body.
VITAMIN B10 (PABA) SOURCE:
Vitamin B10 (PABA) was once classified as an official B-vitamin. Now, it is not officially a vitamin, since it was discovered to be a building block for Vitamin B9. Top dietary sources for Vitamin B10 --- or para-aminobenzoic acid "PABA" --- include leafy green vegetables such as spinach, asparagus, and brussell sprouts.
VITAMIN B10 (PABA) FUNCTION IN THE BODY:
Vitamin B10 creates a pathway for the body to produce Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid), which is necessary for building healthy red blood cells through DNA synthesis.
HOW VITAMIN B10 (PABA) WORKS:
In the body, Vitamin B9 is a necessary ingredient to create DNA, which is needed to produce cells, especially healthy red blood cells. Vitamin B9 is also know as folic acid --- derived from the Latin "folium" that means plants. That's because leafy green plants and vegetables are the primary source of Vitamin B9 for humans.
In nature, plants use Vitamin B10 ("PABA") to create Vitamin B9 ("Folic Acid") by combining PABA with two other molecular chains (see picture below). The same bacteria present in plants are present in the human digestive system --- enabling a pathway to create folic acid in humans with PABA.
For humans, folic acid is best obtained through consuming vegetables rich in Vitamin B9. However, Vitamin B10/PABA supplementation offers another reaction mechanism by which the body can create additional Vitamin B9/Folic Acid.
WHY VITAMIN B10 (PABA) MATTERS FOR RUNNERS:
Vitamin B10 (para-aminobenzoic acid) is an important vitamin for runners because it support the creation of healthy red blood cells, necessary for the transport of oxygen throughout the body.
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