How does GABA work in the brain?

How does GABA work in the brain?

What is GABA?
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is an inhibitory neurotransmitter, a naturally occurring amino acid found in the brain.

How does GABA work in the brain ?

This means it is a calming, slowing chemical which acts to relieve anxiety, fear emotions. It acts on the same receptors as benzodiazepines such as ‘Valium’ or’ Xanax’  (trade names for pharmaceuticals) do.  But as it is naturally occurring it is preferable to supplement with this amino acid itself rather than a pharmaceutical version, which can produce dependence and tolerance. 

Does supplementing with GABA make you drowsy?
No, taken in the correct recommended dose, it will just calm brain activity enough in order to function.. same goes when used as a sleep aid.. it will calm your mind and emotions enough to facilitate a good night’s rest.  Coupled with good sleep habits. 

What are the signs of low GABA in the body ? With low GABA levels, the brain feels like it is constantly switched on.  This makes it challenging to in effect switch off, relax leading to increased anxiety, feeling disorganised, overwhelmed and stressed! 

If you feel like this may help or would like to discuss anything with our pharmacists, email us or call into one of our stores on the Gold Coast or in Byron Bay. 


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