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                                                         For brain calming: Gotta hava GABA

Our lifestyles today are full of frenzy, high-speed images, constant stimuli, stress and worries that can easily overwhelm the
brain. We are often cruising through our days in hyperdrive and causing a whole plethera of central nervous system disorders.
Our whole society from birth to the grave is riddled with diagnoses of anxiety disorders, panic attacks, depression, addictions,
hyperactivity, headaches, seizures, Parkinson's Disease, essential tremors, cognitive impairment accompanied, of course, with
all the Big Pharma drugs prescribed to suppress all the associated symptoms.

And this is where GABA comes to the rescue. Gamma-Amino Butyric acid (AKA-GABA) is an amino acid that acts as a
neurotransmitter in your brain that inhibits nerve transmission and calms nerve activity. GABA functions to normalize brain
waves and bring the whole nervous system back to a calmer and more stable state when we are over-stimulated by different
challenges in life.

How GABA works

GABA was first documented as an amino acid in the year 1863. It wasn’t until 1950 when it was discovered that GABA works as an
inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. GABA is produced right in brain and nerve cells from the ubiquitous
glutamate found in food and GABA works by blocking and conditioning nerve impulses. Glutamate basically does the firing of
nerve impulses and GABA does just the opposite by telling the nerves not to fire.

GABA receptors open cellular chloride channels to diffuse chloride into the cell and hyperpolarize the cell membrane to inhibit
the excitability of the cell. When In the event of high internal chloride, GABA causes an efflux of chloride and depolarizes the
membrane. Either action still inhibits neuronal flow by creating a “current shunt” for excitatory neuron currents (Kuffler and
Eyzaguirre, 1955). In a case where someone has a GABA deficiency, nerve cells fire too easily and too often.

Quality GABA supplements can act as a natural tranquilizer with no known side effects other than a possible drowsiness, mild
tingling and increase in heart rate when first used. Supplemental GABA can work wonders for ADHD and other hyperactivity
disorders as GABA helps modulate brainwaves to flow in calm rhythms. GABA does naturally what ritalin and other drugs do
chemically - just without all the nasty and sometimes deadly side effects.

What else does GABA do?

GABA has many other wonderful benefits as it can enhance normal sleep cycles and improve blood pressure numbers. GABA can
also be an effective pain killer by providing relief from back pain, neuropathies, arthritis, headaches and more. GABA actually
stimulates the pituitary gland to secrete Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and helps with weight loss by burning fat and increasing
the body's muscle mass. GABA helps depression and anxiety by producing endorphins that provide a sense of well-being - much
like the feelings that come after a good physical workout or sexual intercourse.

GABA deficiency

Along with calming the brain and central nervous system, GABA is required to make muscles relax and reset posture. GABA is
responsible for making a normal wave of motion when walking, running or swimming. GABA stimulates the enteric muscles for
intestinal peristalsis and feces elimination and in a state of GABA deficiency, the intestines fail to contract properly and the gut
becomes bloated with food.

In addition to bowel trouble, other problems that GABA deficiencies cause are carbohydrate cravings, trembling, twitching,
hyperventilation, flushing, tachycardia, palpitations, sweating, cold or clammy hands, paresthesia, chest pain or discomfort,
restlessness, blurred vision, abnormal sense of smell, abnormal body odors, lump in throat, butterflies in stomach, allergies,
anxiety, hypertension, cystitis, gastrointestinal disorders, tinnitus, and PMS.

How to get enough GABA

GABA supplementation is more of an as-needed thing for most people. Taking 500mg once or twice a day helps most cases but
some people find higher rates help even more. The very first time you take GABA use caution! GABA just may might relax you so
much that it could impair your mobility, thinking, driving and even put you to sleep. But GABA is basically food and it is very hard
to overdose on it. After the first day taking GABA and the body quickly acclimates to this new and easy source of GABA. After you
find out how you react to GABA, it can be taken to buffer you before a high-anxiety event or gently bring your body down from an
excitement high. 

GABA is considered safe for children and adults alike. You can find it in most health food stores. Its food! In reasonable amounts
your body will simply burn excess GABA as fuel or use it to build other amino acids.

Natural GABA helpers

Vitamins B6 and methylcobalamin B12 are essential nutrients used for the synthesis of many neurotransmitters including GABA.
Natural sources of GABA are foods rich in complex carbohydrates such as molasses, whole grains, brown rice and oats. Foods that
are rich in the GABA precursor glutamine, glutamic acid and glutamate (NOT monosodium glutamate), include bananas, beef liver
and other organ meats, broccoli, citrus fruits, halibut, lentils, and nuts.

Sources for this article

David E. Golan, Armen H. Tashjian, Ehrin J. Armstrong. (2011). Principles of Pharmacology: The Pathophysiologic Basis of Drug
George Siegel, Scott Brady, R. Wayne Albers, Donald Price. (2011). Basic Neurochemistry: Principles of Molecular, Cellular, and
Medical Neurobiology
Florey, E. (1991). GABA: history and perspectives. Can J Physiol Pharmacol

Authored by cancer nutritionist Craig Stellpflug NDC, CNC
Dayspring Cancer Clinic Scottsdale, AZ
Copyright 2012 Craig Stellpflug© Permission is hereby granted to copy and distribute this article but only in its entirety
Updated 2015

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