GABA is gamma amino butyric acid; it is an essential neurotransmitter for maintaining proper brain function.
When there is excessive brain activity, its presence produces calmness.
With varied problems faced in modern day scenario, such as worries and anxiety, your brain can become over stimulated and overwhelmed, you need some kind of inhibition for the brain to act normally. And here GABA comes into action; it brings back the nervous system to its normal condition. It makes the nervous system relaxed and calm to face the situation more positively.
GABA deficiency can give rise to panic disorder, depression, alcoholism bipolar disorders.
Causes of GABA deficiency are inadequate diet, stress for a long time and hereditary.
GABA deficiency can result into excitement, seizures, addictions, Parkinson’s disease, headaches etc.
GABA is produced by glutamic acid decarboxylase, vitamin B6 is needed for the synthesis of GAD, and thus vitamin B6 plays a vital role in GABA synthesis.
Thus having enough GABA level in the brain can reduce the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal; reduce the symptoms of anxiety, reduce high blood pressure, and help in dealing premenstrual symptoms and depression.
Foods rich in complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, oats, and grains should be a part of your diet if you want to be away from symptoms of GABA deficiency.
Eat food high in glutamine or glutamic acid include beef, liver, citrus fruits, broccoli, lentils. Green tea which contains L- theanine is an amino acid which calms the nerves and maintains clarity of thought.
The neurotransmitter deficiency can be known through a simple urine test or through a test of saliva.
A GABA supplement may be indicated in its deficiency, there are no known side effects other than tingling in the hands and legs which may gradually become less after its use for some time.