If you regularly experience restlessness, anxious feelings, or have trouble sleeping, it's possible that you could have a GABA deficiency.
We all have surpluses and deficiencies in certain neurotransmitters. This makes us who we are.
Understanding that you're low in one can be all of the difference in living a happier and healthier life.
GABA is both a chemical produced within the body AND a supplement that’s made for ingestion.
Unlike melatonin, which is also produced within the body and as a supplement, GABA isn’t nearly as well known—nor has it received nearly the amount of scientific attention as melatonin supplement. Given the interest and popularity of GABA—and the importance of the body’s own GABA to sleep, mood, and health—it’s definitely worth spending some time talking about.
GABA is the body’s most important inhibitory neurotransmitter, which means it lowers the activity of neural cells in the brain and central nervous system, having the effect of moving the brain and the body into lower gear. By inhibiting neural activity, GABA facilitates sleep, reduces mental and physical stress, lowers anxiety, and creates a calmness of mood.
Benefits of GABA for sleep: The body’s own GABA activity is important for sleep. GABA enables the body and mind to relax and fall asleep, and sleep soundly throughout the night. Low GABA activity is linked to insomnia and disrupted sleep.
Improving GABA Absorption and its Benefits
Here are a few ways to increase absorption rates.
Increasing Absorption Through Diet
While you can’t eat food that contains GABA, you can certainly eat foods that contain glutamate and glutamic acid.
These are the precursors your body uses to manufacture GABA.
Foods with lots of glutamate and glutamic acid include grass-fed meats, eggs, dairy products, fish, sea vegetables, tomatoes and mushrooms.
Fermented foods like kimchi also have a positive impact on GABA levels.
Progesterone and GABA
It is important to consider progesterone and GABA function, particularly if you are around menopausal age with anxiety, depression, or sleep concerns. Assessing sex hormones and neurotransmitter levels can help guide you make healthy decisions, such as bio-identical hormone replacement and nutritional supplement support.
PharmaGABA™ is naturally-sourced, bioidentical GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid). It is made via a process where the amino acid glutamic acid (glutamate) is fermented using Lactobacillus hilgardii, the beneficial bacteria also used to ferment many foods including the vegetables in kimchi, the famous Korean dish. PharmaGABA™ provides 200 mg of GABA per serving (two tablets). Its chewable tablet delivery allows for rapid and efficient absorption and assimilation.* As a result, benefits are felt very quickly.
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