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.