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Gamma Amino butyric acid is the full form of GABA. It is a very important inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain that actually helps in the proper maintenance of the brain and the body. It controls several activities of our system like proper sleep, reduction of anxiety as well as hypertension.
Benefits of taking GABA

  • People suffering from anxiety while meeting new people or escaping from any unwanted situation, GABA benefits by reducing this anxious effect
  • GABA is an important precursor of our Growth Stimulating Hormone thus balancing our weight and reduces obesity
  • It aids in proper and complete sleep
  • It is a wonderful anti-aging formula when applied to the skin

Natural Sources of GABA
GABA is naturally present in several foods like vegetables, several fruits, in certain beverages like wine. Foods that have high levels of antioxidants such as flavonoids, which affect the functioning of GABA and tea or coffee, are good sources of flavonoids. Several fermented foods that are a wealthy source of GABA like fermented cabbage, yogurt, miso, etc.

When should you take GABA?
GABA can be taken as a supplement for several reasons, starting from people who are suffering from hypertension, stressful situations and other neurological symptoms. It should only be taken upon the advice of your doctor and in the prescribed dosage; otherwise it might impart some effects too which can have hazardous effects.

When should you avoid GABA?
Before taking GABA as a supplement, you must consult to your doctor because it has got some interfering property with other drugs as well as certain herbs or foods. Especially lactating women and pregnant women should completely avoid taking GABA as it is not at all safe for them to consume it for that period.

Quantity to be taken
GABA supplementation has been declared by Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA).  The most commonly advised dosage varies from 250mg to 500mg thrice a day, which is effective in treating insomnia, stress and hypertension, but if it is taken once in a day the dose should not exceed 750mg. After consuming it for a brief period of time, you must ask your doctor whether to discontinue or continue it.

Expert Tips/Precautions

  • Breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women must avoid GABA supplements
  • People undergoing medication must seek advice of your doctor whether it can be taken in combination with that drug or not. This is because of its property of interfering with several therapeutic agents, herbs, etc
  • Proper dosage should be taken after seeking a doctor’s advice.