Imagine you just left the grocery store. You have too many bags to handle and you try carrying them anyway. You may be able to, but you feel off-balance, unstable, frantic and scared you may drop something. Have you ever experienced this? How about in your mind? Have you ever felt like there was just too much going on in your brain? The stresses of daily life and unusual circumstances can weigh heavily on a person and create a lot of mental stress, anxiety and confusion that can sometimes be too much to bear. Sure, you may be able to make it through, but at what cost? Going back to the grocery bag analogy, wouldn’t a grocery cart make it easier? What if you had someone from the store help you carry the bags out and limit the amount of bags you had to carry at once? You can do the same thing with your mind when you’re feeling anxious, stressed out and overwhelmed
Inside the brain there are receptors and neurotransmitters. The neurotransmitters transport signals from one part of the brain to the other and the receptors receive the signal. These pieces serve many functions in the brain, but one noticeable function is the stress response. When you are under stress or feeling anxious there are a lot of stress signals being sent and received in the brain. And, as anyone that’s experienced stress or anxiety knows, the effects can compound. For instance, you get stressed about your job, then other situations that may be seemingly innocuous become stressful as well, then you’re worked up into a state of anxiety that shows no signs of slowing. Luckily, there are neurotransmitters in the brain that inhibit, or slow down, the neurotransmitters that cause stress. The main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the nervous system is GABA (γ-Aminobutyric acid). GABA can be synthesized in the brain and can also be taken in through supplements.
Benefits of GABA Supplementation
GABA helps regulate the excitement of neurons in the nervous system . To revisit the grocery store analogy again, imagine your brain trying to carry all the baggage from the day, GABA comes out with a cart and helps relieve some of the stress you feel from that baggage so you can cope in an effective manner. GABA is a popular supplement for regulating anxiety, helping depression, improving mood and treating ADHD. The benefits of GABA come as a results of a calming effect it provides. In clinical studies has been shown to be effective in relaxing patients and reducing anxiety within one hour of administration . GABA is also used in the health and fitness community to promote lean muscle growth, reduce body fat and improve immunity under stressful conditions.
An effective dosage of GABA depends on many factors including age, weight, stress level and overall health. Recommended dosages range from 500mg to 1 gram spread equally throughout the day, with some doctors more specifically recommending GABA in 200 mg doses four times daily .