GABA (gamma amino butyric acid)

What is GABA?
GABA (gamma amino butyric acid) is the brain’s main inhibitory neurotransmitter. Increasing the presence of GABA lowers the activity of some brain cells and thus helps a person to relax, sleep more easily, and mitigate their anxiety.

What are the health benefits of GABA?

The root of the flowering plant Valerian has been found to be particularly potent in raising levels of GABA. For thousands of years in Europe and Asia, Valerian Root has been used as a mild sedative in the treatment of insomnia, digestive difficulties and other disorders. Valerian Root, which the USFDA has listed as “safe”, is often used as a gentler alternative to commonly prescribed medications for sleep problems. Increasing the presence in the brain of GABA can also help with treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder.

Passionflower is a substance that also influences the presence of GABA and can have sedative effects similar to those of Valerian Root, though less strong; passionflower is usually used in conjunction with other calming herbs.

What are the guidelines for getting GABA into your system?
Valerian root and passionflower, which both increase the presence of GABA, are usually available in capsule, tea, tablet, or liquid-extract form.

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