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GABA 500mg Aminobutyric by Douglas Labs


GABA 500 mg 60 caps

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What is GABA?
GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is a naturally occurring amino acid in the brain and is a major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system (CNS). Being an inhibitory neurotransmitter, GABA blocks nerve impulses, slowing down the activity of nerve cells and preventing them from over-firing. Frequent over-firing of brain cells can lead to cell death, meaning that stress can actually kill brain cells. Keeping GABA levels optimal can help prevent this. Thus, GABA serves as a critical calming agent for the body, helping to combat stress and anxiety.

The brain synthesizes GABA from glutamate, an excitatory neurotransmitter. These two neurotransmitters work together in a beautifully orchestrated system of checks and balances. Neurotransmitters are the brain’s basic components of communication, and when there is a breakdown in this communication system, brain function becomes affected. In stressful situations, GABA levels in the body can decrease, and this delicate system becomes out of balance. In a study on humans, prefrontal brain GABA levels decreased by 18% after acute psychological stress, specifically threat of shock (Hasler, G, et al, Am J Psychiatry, 2010). Thus, supplementation with PharmaGABA™, a natural, bioidentical GABA, may be of benefit in helping to cope with stressful situations, whether they arise from daily or extreme stress.

GABA may be helpful for:
  • Anxiety/Agitation
  • Depression
  • Cravings and Addictions (such as drugs, alcohol)
  • Cigarette smokers who are trying to quit - may help decrease addiction-associated anxiety
  • Immune Function - helping to combat stress’s impact on immunosupression
  • Focus, Mental Clarity, Concentration - beneficial in academics, for improving learning capacity
  • Sports Performance - an increase in the ability to relax and focus may lead to a greater level of concentration on performance and may help reduce pre-competition nervousness
  • Sleep - may help reduce stress-induced insomnia
  • Hypertension

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