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Nutritional Supplements Library Gamma Amino Butyric Acid

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GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid)


What is GABA?

Gamma-aminobutyric acid (usually abbreviated to GABA) is an inhibitory neurotransmitter found in the nervous systems in our body. GABA is formed in the body from another amino acid, glutamic acid. It is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in the vertebrate central nervous system.GABA is required as an inhibitory neurotransmitter to block the transmission of an impulse from one cell to another in the central nervous system, which prevents over-firing of the nerve cells. It is also used for brain metabolism and to treat both epilepsy and hypertension where it is thought to induce tranquility in individuals who have a high activity of manic behavior and acute agitation.In combination with inositol and nicotinamide it helps with blocking anxiety and stress related impulses from reaching the motor centers of the brain.Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid can be used to calm a person, much like tranquilizers, but without the possibility of addiction.It is sometimes used as sexual a stimulant because of its relaxing capabilities, as well as with prostate problems, since it also assists with the release of sex hormones.


What is the effective dosage for GABA?

GABA is taken in daily dosages ranging from 500 mg to 2 grams. Higher dose may sometimes be used under a doctor's supervision for behavioral disorder treatment. A dose also varies according to disorders/uses.

What are the benefits of GABA?

• It can suppress neural activity; people use to take it as a supplement to relieve anxiety.
• Levels of this supplement in the brain may be helpful to individuals with epilepsy.
• It promotes relaxation and combats feeling of stress.
• It is essential for brain metabolism, aiding in proper brain function.


What are the side effects of GABA?

It is consider as very safe and effective when taken in recommended dosages. At high dosages, the use of large doses of this dietary supplement may cause occasional side effects like a slight shortness of breath that lasts for a few minutes, mild nausea, and temporary tingling of the skin. Although these effects are reversible, Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor.
Cautions-
• it's use is for adult only not for pregnant or lactating women unless taken under a doctor's supervision.