The world we live in is quite funny. People today have become so health conscious that they have practically become health freaks. To enhance one’s health and figure people do not shy away from taking extra body supplements. These supplements though helpful may sometimes become cause of concern if not taken properly. One such body supplement present in market today is GABA supplement.
GABA supplement is usually found inside the body in small proportions. GABA supplement is useful in improving the mood and also in reducing weight. GABA supplement is one of the most important neurotransmitter of our body.
GABA supplement acts as an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the human central nervous system. GABA supplement binds with the receptors and decreases chances of neurons transmitting pulse waves. GABA supplement is popularly used as a stress buster.
Intake of GABA supplement may increase or decrease growth hormones, insulin and glucagons. As very less information is available about the safety of GABA supplement, it is advisable to intake the GABA supplements only after proper consultation.
Some of the proposed benefits of using GABA supplement are in treatment of:
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
High blood pressure (hypertension)
Increasing lean muscle mass
Relieving injuries and increasing exercise tolerance
Promoting a sense of relaxation.
Below is the Dosage recommended for Adults:
For Epilepsy, 250 mg to 500 mg GABA - thrice daily or as recommended by the physician.
For Fibromyalgia, 250 mg to 500 mg GABA - thrice daily or as recommended by the physician.
For Insomnia, 500 mg to 1000 mg GABA - before sleep or as recommended by the physician.
For Stress, 250 mg (thrice daily) or 750 mg (once daily) or as recommended by the physician.
For Tobacco dependence, 250 mg (thrice daily) or 750 mg (once daily) before sleep OR as recommended by the physician.
As a typical dietary supplement there are no specific dosage criteria for GABA supplement. Hence it is advisable to consult a doctor before taking GABA supplement.
GABA is available in powder form, tablet and capsule. Capsules are normally opened and consumed after mixing with juice or water; for easy ingestion.
GABA causes mild drowsiness, so it is recommended to take it at night.
Though GABA is a naturally produced supplement, it does cause side effects when not taken properly. The side effects caused due to GABA supplement include dysphoria, increased blood pressure and heart rate.
It has not been scientifically or medically proven about the effects that may be caused due to overdose of GABA supplement, but it is assumed that anything in excess is always not beneficial for the body as well as for health. The overdose effect may include rapid respiration; high blood pressure. Treatment is done as per the symptoms.
It can be concluded that GABA supplement though being a good neuron inhibiter and stress buster, is useful only when taken under proper guidance of an experienced medical team.