GABA Supplements for Anxiousness
Jun 27, 2019
[adapted from The Chemistry of Calm]
p.s., You've read Part 1 of this series and the introductory article about balancing GABA and glutamate, right? If not, head to those posts first.
GABA and Anxiety | GABA Benefits
As noted in Part 1 of this series, GABA is the neurotransmitter most responsible for calming down an overactive brain... and it's available as a nutritional supplement without a prescription! It has been shown in human studies to help create a relaxed alpha-brain wave pattern, even more effectively than l-theanine (though we still like l-theanine for many reasons). It can also boost immune function in individuals subject to stress.18
The bad news is that when taken orally, most of it gets broken down before it gets to the brain. However, the amount that does make it can help and there are some forms more likely to be absorbed into the brain. Additionally, some of GABA’s calming effects may occur in the rest of the body (e.g., aiding in muscle relaxation).
GABA Dosage and Use*
GABA may be taken in doses as small as 100 mg daily, up to 750 mg 2-3 times per day, likely at bedtime (see below).
GABA Side Effects*
Bedtime is a good time to take a GABA supplement as it may cause drowsiness or headaches.
GABA taken orally may also be more effective as a combination product (e.g., products like Serene Sleep, Soothed Mood, and Unwind are unique blends).
*Note: Some of the supplements discussed in this series can cause side effects, but many people tolerate them much better than prescription medications. They are generally considered safe, however, they should not be started without your doctor’s knowledge and supervision. If you are taking medication already, be sure to talk with your doctor before adding any of these items. If you are considering going off medication, remember never to stop your medication suddenly—always consult with your doctor about how to safely taper off any psychiatric medication.
**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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