It’s the end of the year and we are seeing the burnout, hearing the hyperstimulation, the fatigue, the heightened moods and the fried nervous systems. Our body’s are asking for a breath of fresh air, to slow down the nervous system so we can bring clarity. Clinically we have been using GABA in the clinic for many years but of late it has really become a favourite!
We particularly love its application for women’s health conditions such as PMS and PMDD as well as mild anxiety, which after the last few years more and more people have been experiencing.
What is GABA?
GABA (Gamma – aminobutyric acid) is a neurotransmitter; ie a chemical messenger in your brain. GABA has a very specific role, it works by slowing down your brain by blocking specific signals in your central nervous system.
GABA is known for producing a calming effect on the body. It is well known for its major role in controlling nerve cell hyperactivity associated with anxiety, stress and fear.
Why do we use GABA?
Clinically GABA is used to support people who are going through bouts of high stress, anxiety and nervousness. It can also be used to support sleep outcomes and insomnia. A 2020 systemic review observed the role of GABA and sleep. It concluded that a therapeutic dose of GABA before bed improved sleep latency (ie improved the ability to fall asleep) as well as improved non-REM time which means participants were able to be in a deeper sleep and stay in the deep sleep. Participants felt more rested upon waking.
GABA is able to yield results quickly. 30 minutes after administration can demonstrate blood elevation, meaning that when taken correctly participants can benefit from its calming effects quickly.
How do we use GABA?
Like always, everyone is unique and this product may be ideal for some and not others. Feel free to speak to us if you would like to know more about it and how to use it.
Some of the symptoms it can be used in include:
+ delayed sleep onset
+ stress and stressful periods
+ overwhelm and overstimulation
+ PMS / PMDD
+ cognitive challenges