All About Amino Acids

Gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA)
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Why GABA is good for you

Gamma-Amino Butyric Acid (GABA) is a non-essential amino acid which is necessary to ensure that the brain (especially the neurons) function properly. GABA's main role is to decrease neuron activity and inhibit nerve cells from over-firing. Together with niacinamide and inositol, it prevents anxiety and stress-related messages from reaching the motor centers of the brain by occupying their receptor sites, thus blocking these sites from the impulses. Basically GABA helps the body to relax.

 

Important GABA facts

 

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Groups at risk of GABA deficiency

Deficiency is rare, but can occur in the following individuals:

People in these groups at risk of GABA deficiency should talk to a medical professional about GABA supplementation BEFORE trying it.

 

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Symptoms of GABA deficiency

Normally, the brain produces all the GABA we need. Unfortunately, due to a poor diet, exposure to environmental toxins, or other factors, levels of GABA may become depleted and so many people may be deficient without even realising it.

Main symptoms of GABA deficiency include:

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GABA and health

Talk to a medical professional about GABA supplements BEFORE taking them

 

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GABA in food

GABA is abundant in all protein foods, but best food sources are:

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GABA recommended daily intake (RDI)

RDA No information available
 
TOLERABLE UPPER LIMIT 250mg-500mg per day
(divided into 3 equal portions)
 
TOXIC LEVELS No information available

 

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GABA works best with

 

Overdosage, toxicity and cautions for GABA

Toxic levels have not been established, but very high intake of GABA may cause the following symptoms:

CAUTIONS

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references

 

Last reviewed: 11 January 2007 || Last updated: 26 September 2007

 

NOTE: Mega doses of vitamins, minerals or other nutrients cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of amino acid supplement.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.

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