What is GABA?
GABA, or Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid, is a naturally occurring neurotransmitter in the human brain. It is an inhibitory neurotransmitter, meaning it helps to reduce the activity of neurons, promoting relaxation and decreasing anxiety.
Where does GABA come from?
GABA is produced naturally in the brain from glutamate, an excitatory neurotransmitter, through the action of the enzyme glutamate decarboxylase. It can also be found in some fermented foods and teas, such as kimchi, miso, and pu-erh tea.
What are the effects of GABA?
- Reduces anxiety
- Improves sleep quality
- Enhances mood
- Relaxes muscles
- Lowers blood pressure
- Stabilizes heart rate
How to use GABA?
GABA is available as a dietary supplement in various forms, such as capsules, tablets, and powders. It can be taken orally, ideally on an empty stomach to maximize absorption.
How much GABA to use?
When trying out new supplements it is wise to start with a lower dose and–depending on the experienced effects–increase or decrease the dosage accordingly
A general guideline for GABA supplementation is as follows:
- Mild effect: 50 mg
- Moderate effect: 250 mg
- Strong effect: 500 mg
It's important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any supplementation, as individual needs may vary.
What are the side effects of GABA?
GABA is generally considered safe when taken at recommended dosages. However, some people may experience side effects such as drowsiness, headache, nausea, or upset stomach. If you experience any adverse effects, discontinue use and consult with a healthcare professional.
Interactions of GABA
Most nootropics are relatively safe to use on their own. Combining them with other substances may cause them to suddenly become dangerous or life-threatening.
GABA may interact with certain medications, such as benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and other sedative medications. If you are taking any prescription medications, it's important to consult with a healthcare professional before using GABA supplements.