GABA Helps with Anxiety and Insomnia

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Most people may have never heard of GABA, let alone know its effects. However, for those suffering from anxiety or insomnia, the word GABA may not be that unfamiliar.


What is GABA?


GABA, short for Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid, is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter that blocks impulses between nerve cells in the brain.


What can GABA do?


For humans, GABA reduces neuronal excitability in the nervous system and regulates muscle tone (muscle’s resistance to passive stretch during resting state).


Low levels of GABA may be linked to anxiety or mod disorders, epilepsy or chronic pain.


What do people use GABA for?


GABA is used as medicine to relieve anxiety, improve sleep, reduce depression symptoms, relieve symptoms of PMS (premenstrual syndrome), decrease inflammation, and improve focus in ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).


What are the side effects?


GABA is generally safe, but if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should not take GABA because there’s not enough evidence to prove its safety.


High doses may increase anxiety or depressive symptoms.


How much GABA do I take?


The dosage of GABA varies for different conditions. Ask your doctor for advice before taking.

3 Answers

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You cant buy gaba its a neurotransmitter its not available instead ask doctor or pharmacist how to increase levels of it.
Yes, it can be purchased along with lemon balm & L-Theanine. It is called: Goodbye Stress & is in a gummy. Sold by Olly. It is amazing!!!
1000mg tid
It's sold as a herbal supplement. I bought a bottle at Walmart last week OTC for sleep. I didn't know it helps with anxiety and inflammation. That's definitely a plus!
Is Gaba effective for difficulty with sleeping? Does it help you fall asleep or stay asleep?
It does help somewhat as a sedative and is good for neuropathy. I take 300mg BID. However, my adult male friend tried to use it for his hands and it gave him bad hallucinations. I experienced no side effects.
Anonymous, GABA is not an herb. It's a neurotransmitter, a chemical produced in the brain. Supplements are created in laboratories.