GABA

Product description

GABA: There are 11 non-essential amino acids.  Gamma Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) is one of the those amino acids.  Non-essential amino acids are those amino acids that are naturally produced by the body.  However, as the aging process occurs, the body’s ability to manufacture sufficient levels of non-essential amino acids is reduced.  Therefore, supplementation may be a good option.

If you struggle with mild anxiety, mood swings, ADHD, or just want to promote lean muscle growth and burn fat more efficently GABA may be an "all natural" solution for you.

Most Commonly Taken for:

  • To promote a more regular sleep cycle (i.e. taken for insomnia)
  • To promotes mental wellness (i.e. taken to reduce anxiety)
  • To promotes a healthy mood (i.e. taken to decrease depressive symptoms)
  • To decrease symptoms associated with Pre-menstrual syndrome

Sometimes taken for:

  • Relieve pain or discomfort from injuries
  • Increase tolerance to exercise
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Burn fat
  • Increase the growth of lean muscle mass
  • Limited studies have shown a possible link between GABA and lowered blood pressure. But research on GABA supplements is lacking. Researchers haven't confirmed whether or not it works for the many reasons people take it.

 

GABA Supplement Facts

Suggested Use:  Take 1 or 2 capsules approximately 1 to 1/2 hours before bed time.

Contraindications:  means that you should not take this product are consuming any of the below listed medictions.  You should check with your medical provider prior to consuming GABA.

  • Do not consume with hypnotic or sedating medications such as ambien or other medications that fall in the class of benzodiazepines such as: alprazolam (Xanax, Xanax XR), clobazam (Onfi), clonazepam (Klonopin), clorazepate (Tranxene), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), diazepam (Valium, Diastat Acudial, Diastat), estazolam (Prosom is a discontinued brand in the US), lorazepam (Ativan).

 

 

Dosing of GABA

Suggested Use:  Take 1 or 2 capsules approximately 1 to 1/2 hours before bed time.

  • GABA is water-soluble and can also be mixed with juice effectively as well. It has little taste to it. This product should be stored in an area that is free from light, heat and moisture in order to preserve its potency.
  • Caution: Anyone that has ever suffered serious problems with their kidneys or liver should avoid this product until they have discussed it with their licensed medical provider

Physiology of GABA

There are 11 non-essential amino acids.  Gamma Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) is one of the those amino acids.  Non-essential amino acids are those amino acids that are naturally produced by the body.  However, as the aging process occurs, the body’s ability to manufacture sufficient levels of non-essential amino acids is reduced.  Therefore, supplementation may be a good option.  Products that act as allosteric modulators of GABA receptors increase the available amount of GABA which typically causes a relaxing, anti-anxiety, and anti-convulsive effect.  GABA does not cross the blood brain barrier.

GABA enhances the the breakdown of serotonin into N-acetylserotonin, the precursor of melatonin.  Research suggest that GABA is involved in the synthesis of melatonin; thus regulating the sleep wake cycle.

Side Effects GABA

As long as it is consumed in the recommended doses, GABA is considered safe. Taking more than the recommended amount may result in:

  • Worsening of depression
  • Worsening of Anxiety
  • Worsening of Insomnia
  • Tingling in patches all over the body
  • Numbness of the mouth
  • Nausea
  • In rare cases, GABA has been responsible for brain chemistry imbalance causing isolated seizures. This is very rare. Because GABA is an amino acid, it is important to remember that supplementing this will have an effect on the levels of other amino acids in the body.

Serious allergic reaction can occur when consuming any food, nutritional supplement, or medicine.   If you experience any of the below side effects seek immediate medical attention.

  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Itching/swelling: especially of the face, tongue, and/or throat
  • Severe dizziness
  • Trouble breathing

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your medical provider.

Disclaimer

Nutritional supplements are classified as a food by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Supplements do not require the same rigorous testing, review and approval that drugs are required to go through. Therefore, the statements contained in this document regarding GABA have not been reviewed and approved by the FDA. However, significant research has been done on this product by many universities, public and private business. We at 5-Point Wellness, LLC desire to share information about GABA, in order to educate our clientele to make well informed decisions for themselves.

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