GABA is a neurotransmiter concentrated in the brain. It promotes soothing natural relaxation, making it a popular sleep aid that supports deep, restful slumber.** GABA also works to:
What is GABA?
Gamma-aminobutryic acid, or GABA, is a calming amino acid neurotransmitter that is found throughout the central nervous system, but is especially concentrated in the brain. It is essential for many brain functions, and high levels of the neurotransmitter have been linked with greater relaxation and brighter mood. Many of today’s popular supplements for promoting sleep, memory and relaxation – including 5HTP, valerian, passion flower and hops – achieve some of their wellness benefits by influencing GABA levels in the body.**
GABA’s ability to reduce stress and promote relaxation has been researched for decades, with some evidence suggesting it may calm nerve cells and modulate nerve cell communication. These bio-activities may be especially noticeable in the brain, where GABA “settles down” excitable nerve impulses. It also interacts with other important neurotransmitters involved with relaxation and mood, including dopamine, serotonin and noradrenaline. All of these actions may account for the compound’s ability to dispel tension, promote tranquility, optimize healthy mood, and encourage deep, rejuvenating sleep.**
In addition to its most widely regarded benefits for relaxation and stress reduction, early research has suggested GABA may hold the potential to increase mental awareness and the ability to concentrate. The neurotransmitter has several other possible benefits as well, including support for cardiovascular wellness. Very early research also suggests it might even play a role in the production of human growth hormone, which may have potential applications for anti-aging and sports nutrition supplements.**
Low levels of this neurotransmitter have been associated with sleep problems and a range of different mood issues. GABA supplements may help. GABA supplements are commonly found in powdered form that is designed to be mixed with water. It is also available in capsules, as a standalone supplement or combined with other natural compounds in sleep and relaxation formulas.**
GABA Directions for Use
Do not start any type of nutritional supplementation without first consulting with your primary care provider or family doctor. Whether in powdered or tablet form, therapeutic GABA dosage can range from 100 mg 1000 mg per serving.**