GABA supplements are used widely in Japan, where it’s referred to as ‘your body’s natural valium’. It’s mainly used as an additive in food and drink to help decrease stress and promote relaxation.
But what is it? And what can it do?
GABA is short for gamma-aminobutyric acid, a type of amino acid that acts as a major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. This means it has a calming effect. It’s also vital for proper brain function and it plays a role in the production of endorphins – your body’s happiness chemical.
Low levels of GABA in the brain have been linked with anxiety, stress, depression, and insomnia. High levels of GABA are linked to happiness, relaxation, and focus, so it’s clearly worth supplementing your levels if they err on the low side.
You may be particularly at risk of low GABA levels due to:
- Lack of glutamine
- Low levels of vitamins B1 and B6
- Chronic pain or stress
- Lack of sleep
- Alcohol withdrawal
- Excessive caffeine intake
- Sustained exposure to loud noise
More than Your Average Relaxant
Although it’s true that GABA helps you to relax, it can also do so much more. Unlike many other relaxants, it doesn’t make you drowsy – in fact, it aids concentration and focus. This makes it an incredible supplement for anyone who does a stressful job and needs to relax without inducing drowsiness.
As well as these mental properties, GABA is also known as a great supplement for bodybuilding and weight loss, as it helps the body to lose excess fat and promote muscle growth.
GABA has also been used to help with panic attacks, ADHD, and pain relief.
What Should I Look For?
When looking for a high-quality GABA supplement, it’s important that you know what you’re looking for.
Here at BioSynergy, we only use PharmaGABA™ in our supplements. This is a natural but highly concentrated form of GABA that has been shown to be the most effective form of GABA supplement. It’s also the same form as is used throughout Japan. You can read more about our GABA supplement and order it online by clicking here.
Some GABA supplements contain a synthetic form of GABA. This is often referred to as ‘naturally occurring L-form’ and should be avoided as it is not as effective as natural, high-strength PharmaGABA™.
To be sure of the quality of your supplements, we would always recommend BioSynergy for your supplement needs. All of our products are made with only the highest-quality, premium grade raw materials, so you can rest assured that our supplements are the best on the market. We also provide full information and guidance on our supplements.
As with all our products, we would recommend checking that there are no drug reactions with any medication you are currently taking before ordering GABA supplements.
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