GABA and you
GABA is a naturally occurring amino acid, found in the brain and the body. It is one of a class of inhibitory neurotransmitters that include serotonin. Although it is classed as an inhibitor rather than a stimulator its definition is only one of electrochemical activity in the brain and should not be interpreted as a downer or sedative - just the term neurotransmitter defines its ability as a natural substance that helps nerve impulses cross synapses and communicate with one another.
GABA usage will stimulate the release by the pituitary gland of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) (or Growth Hormone (GH)) which is naturally released by the body when it undergoes vigorous peak muscular exercise, during certain phases of sleep, or restricted food intake. The growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland, located at the base of the brain. Even small doses (2-5 grams) can increase circulating growth hormone by more than 5 times its normal levels.
GH stimulates growth and repair of the body as well as the activities of the immune system. The immune system is run down by excess exercise without the proper nutrition. GH also helps the body burn fat and convert it into energy and muscle and aids in wound healing and tissue repair. GH is widely known for its powerful anabolic (muscle building) effects as well as its lipotropic (breakdown and utilization of body fat) effects. The overall result of these effects is an increase in lean tissue mass and a decrease in body fat. Finally, stimulating naturally the levels of GH leads to greater feelings of energy and vigour.
Additionally, GABA has been shown to have positive toning effects on the nervous system, to improve sleep cycles leading to more restful sleep and more interesting lucid dreaming, to have a powerful stabilising effect on blood pressure and to be an effective analgesic (removing the perception of pain).
GABA is a very safe supplement and can be used daily. GABA has also been shown to act as a powerful natural analgesic through its stimulation of the brain’s release of endorphins.
Based upon the scientific evidence, a combination of GABA and exercise would have the best effect on stimulating the natural secretion of growth hormone. Resulting in better utilization of stored fat, an increase in firm, lean tissue and a more healthy, shapely body!
Many of these effects are also to be gained by other components of the supplement and are thus reinforced. The dosage is low as the components are working together and there is a natural overall effect of body stimulation leading to more energy.
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Several amino acids have distinct excitatory or inhibitory effects upon the nervous system. The amino acid derivative, g-aminobutyrate, also called 4-aminobutyrate, (GABA) is a well-known inhibitor of presynaptic transmission in the CNS, and also in the retina. The formation of GABA occurs by the decarboxylation of glutamate catalyzed by glutamate decarboxylase (GAD). GAD is present in many nerve endings of the brain as well as in the b-cells of the pancreas. Neurons that secrete GABA are termed GABAergic.
GABA exerts its effects by binding to two distinct receptors, GABA-A and GABA-B. The GABA-A receptors form a Cl- channel. The binding of GABA to GABA-A receptors increases the Cl- conductance of presynaptic neurons. The anxiolytic drugs of the benzodiazepine family exert their soothing effects by potentiating the responses of GABA-A receptors to GABA binding. The GABA-B receptors are coupled to an intracellular G-protein and act by increasing conductance of an associated K+ channel.
I was very interested in this supplement and wanted to know if any one here had tried it. I am going on a shopping spree at the vitamen store tomorrow. I may pick it up or not. I have to control my gout first. I have even heard that this stuff helps you kick smoking. So it looks to be something of interest for me. I am really looking forward to the anti-anxiety effects. I am too tightly wrapped at the moment to not chain smoke and worry over things so this should help me.
If you have any information either pro or con, I would love to hear it. Any questions maybe one of the resident chem wizards or fitness gurus could tell us a thing or two.
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