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The GABA Neurotransmitter Function and Disorders Associated With It

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The GABA neurotransmitter – gamma-aminobutyric acid – is a naturally occurring chemical produced in the human brain to mitigate the excitability of cells and signals in the brain. Clinically speaking, the GABA neurotransmitter is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in the developmentally mature mammalian central nervous system.

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This means that GABA stops you from doing dumb things when you’re excited. For example, remember that we are animals – something we tend to forget. We aren’t plants and we aren’t rocks. We are animals and as such, we have hard-coded instincts that still lead our thinking though we haven’t lived in caves in many centuries. One of these instincts is called “fight or flight” – the instinctual decision whether to run away from a threat or to face it with the intention of fighting for survival. Today, most of us don’t live with daily threats to our survival but that instinct still exists in our DNA and would be uncontrolled without inhibitory neurotransmitters like GABA.

As the brain’s chief inhibitor of over-excitement and rash decisions, the GABA neurotransmitter serves us in many ways. When GABA levels are too low, it is difficult to relax after the release of s stress-induced neurotransmitters like cortisol. So GABA is crucial to calming stresses and all their attendant side effects.


3 Functions of GABA Neurotransmitter You Need To Know

GABA Neurotransmitter Functions

1. Anxiety Management

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Researchers have measured the brain waves of anxiety sufferers before and after taking GABA supplements. In just an hour, researchers measured a significant increase in alpha waves, which brought about feelings of calm and relaxation


2. Controlled Hypertension

Hypertension – or high blood pressure – is one factor that predicts susceptibility to stroke, heart disease, and heart attack. Studies have been conducted using the GABA neurotransmitter to stabilize blood pressure in people with hypertension. One study showed that participants who took 80mg of GABA supplement per day had a significant reduction in blood pressure.


3. Lower Risk Of Obesity

Shockingly, three out of every four Americans carry at least some excess weight and a full 40% of Americans are obese. This sad reality ripples through our health in the form of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, hypertension, and osteoarthritis. But studies have shown that GABA supplements reduce body and fat triglycerides while maintaining lean muscle.

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More Research

The GABA neurotransmitter also seems to provide a number of additional health benefits that have not yet been fully researched. More research is needed into how – the mechanism of action – but in many cases, GABA appears to have relieved symptoms of epilepsy, treated insomnia, alleviated menstrual pain, and mitigated ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder).


Any Side Effects?

There is very little research into the side effects of GABA supplementation. Anecdotally, some users have reported upset stomach and sleepiness. However, no serious side effects have been documented. It is fair to say, though, that since GABA relaxes you, you should not drive until you’re certain how GABA affects you personally.


There is a lot to think about – we get it. If you have questions about the GABA neurotransmitter or about any of the conditions discussed here, Regen Labs has options for you. All Regen Labs products support the body’s natural systems for a healthy brain, skin, muscle, and sexual health.

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