GABA's Natural Relaxing Effects on The Body and Mind
February 18, 20202 min read
GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is one of the brain’s major neurotransmitters, or chemicals of communication. It has a primary role in ‘calming’ the nervous system. Most of our neurotransmitters can excite the brain and speed it up, in general.
GABA is our main neurotransmitterthat opposes these actions - it ‘puts the brakes’ on our neurological function. Because otherwise we’d quickly be overwhelmed from all the inputs into our brains.
GABA helps support a healthy mood and state of calmness by reducing how the brain produces stress-related beta brain waves. At the same time, it increases production of relaxing alpha waves.
Alpha waves can induce a state of relaxation, yet also maintaining mental focus. In other words, it will make you feel relaxed without making you feel dopey and drowsy.
When taken, GABA can reduce physical signs and biochemical signs of stress as well - it reduces things like heart rate and cortisol levels, among others.And because of its relaxing effects, it’s helpful for sleep too.
GABA has also been promoted as being able to boost production of growth hormone.There is some truth to this in that it does promote the production of a few of the many varying forms of this important hormone, however there’s not a direct response between taking GABA and raising growth hormone. That being said, it can be a worthwhile night time supplement for the minor effect it does have on growth hormone production (growth hormone is primarily released during sleep).
The GABA used in this formula is naturally occurring and is non-habit forming, making it an ideal choice for someone who needs a natural relaxing agent from time to time.
It’s helpful for calming the pre-race jitters, or really any type of anxious situation.
GABA is a favorite of many people because of its fast acting, calming and non-habit forming effects.
An ideal starting dose of GABA is 100-200mg at a time; higher doses can be used as well but it’s always a good idea to start low and go up from there. Keep in mind, this is a very general recommendation and one should always consider their own individual health issues and medications before taking a natural medicine supplement.