GABA and Anxiety: Gamma Amino butyric Acid food Sources
Health benefits of GABA
- A sense of well being.
- Calms the symptoms of ADHD (attention hyperactivity disorder).
- Increased memory function.
- Improves fat burn.
- Improved mood.
- Improves sleep.
- Pain relief from muscle fatigue.
- Promotes muscle recovery.
- Promotes lean muscle.
- Promotes relaxation and reduces stress.
- Reduces PMS symptoms (premenstrual symptoms).
- Relief from anxiety.
- Stabilizes blood pressure readings.
Continued research and clinical studies pending to fully confirm the effects of GABA in the human body.
What are the symptoms of GABA deficiency?
Possible Factors for Causing GABA Deficiency
- alcohol withdrawal
- lack of B complex vitamins
- lack of glutamine (required for making GABA)
- excessive caffeine
- lack of sleep
GABA supplements have been known to cause drowsiness. Be cautious when starting a GABA regimen and consult with your physician. Avoid handling machinery and vehicles until establishing your respective reactions to GABA.
Additional side effects when consuming large doses: queasiness and upset stomach. May cause a lowering of blood pressure.
Natural Food Sources that Help the Body Create GABA
- Brown Rice
- Whole Grains: oats and wheat
What is GABA? Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid
GABA = gamma aminobutyric acid
- A non essential amino acid
- A neurotransmitter (frequently identified as the calming neurotransmitter)
- Affects the central nervous system
- Inhibits excitability by regulating neurons in the brain.
What is an amino acid? Amino acids form to create proteins. Amino acids help the body grow, repair body tissue and break down food. Amino acids together with protein are commonly identified as the building blocks of life.
There are three types of amino acids:
- Non Essential
GABA is a non essential amino acid. This means the body can produce it. The amino acid used to create GABA is glutamic acid.
What is a neurotransmitter? This is a chemical released from a nerve cell used to transmit impulses between nerves, muscles and organs. Consider the neurotransmitter as the messenger.
What is a neuron? A neuron is a brain cell.
Therefore, GABA is a neurotransmitter, which calms the neurons in the brain and reduces excitability. This is especially helpful to those who suffer anxiety, ADHD and is also helpful to some epileptic patients. GABA also regulates muscle tone.
What is a Neurotransmitter?
How does GABA work?
GABA stabilizes the firing of neurons. Without GABA the nervous system could be impaired and negatively affect mental stability and movement.
How does the body get GABA?
GABA is produced in the brain and can also be consumed pharmaceutically. The synthesis of GABA can be created with the aid of natural food sources. Glutamic acid is the precursor to GABA.
GABA Synapse Diagram
GABA, L-Theanine and Anxiety
GABA for ADHD: Hyperactivity Disorder
Recommended childhood doses of GABA should be monitored by a pediatrician. Accurate and effective doses are still being investigated. In one particular study, students in Japan were given 100 mg of GABA prior to a math test with promising results.
Disclaimer: Information in this hub is research based. The author is not a physician and does not diagnose or treat health issues. The information provided in this hub should not be construed as personal medical advice or instruction. Please consult a physician for medical and dietary advice and treatment. GABA deficiency should not be assumed or treated without the supervision of a medical professional.
© 2012 Marisa Hammond Olivares