|Dosage: ||To promote sleep, 500 to 1000 mg taken about and hour before bed is recommended. In cases where insomnia is related to anxiety, GABA can be taken with other natural tranquilizers, such as valerian root. Chronic pain or to help prevent seizures is 250 to 5|
|Description: ||GABA is a mild anti-depressant and anti-anxiety supplement with few side effects. It will not cause drowziness.|
|GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is an amino acid that acts as a neurotransmitter, chemicals that facilitate communication between nerve cells. GABA, which is produced by the brain, suppresses nerve impulses related to stress and anxiety. In a healthy, well-nourished person, the brain produces sufficient amounts of GABA. |
However, since many people eat poor diets and are over-exposed to environmental toxins, GABA levels may fall below optimum amounts. A low level of GABA is associated with a range of problems, including anxiety, depression, irritability and sleeplessness.
Herbalists often recommend GABA as an alternative to the herb kava for people who want a mild, natural tranquilizer. Both GABA and kava are mild and do not cause sedation. GABA is also used to promote sleep.
It does this, not by causing drowsiness but by helping the body to relax. People with insomnia and other sleep disorders sometimes rotate GABA with other herbs, such as valerian (an herb used to ease anxiety) and melatonin (a natural hormone that is popular as a popular sleep aid). In addition, GABA may have some value in helping to alleviate chronic pain. While not an analgesic, it can lessen the intensity of pain by easing the stress and anxiety that can contribute to it.