GABA Relieves Stress and Anxiety Safely

If you struggle with anxiety or depression, this story may provide you with a REAL solution.  You see GABA relieves stress and anxiety safely.

Let me tell you about Scott Stossel. He’s the editor of The Atlantic magazine. And he has suffered with sever anxiety disorder his entire life.

Mr. Stossel tells all about his lifelong battle in his new book My Age of Anxiety. In it he reveals how he has tried at least 27 different anti-anxiety medications over the years. NONE of them helped him.

Mainstream medicine really doesn’t have a good treatment for anxiety. Many doctors prescribe a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. They include Valium, Xanax and Ambien. These drugs are highly addictive. They can cause confusion, depression, and impaired thinking and memory.

If you take “benzos” long enough they can also cause loss of coordination, slurred speech, and weakness. Long-term use can actually shrink your brain. After years of benzo use, Mr. Stossel says he feels “stupider.”

And here’s the real tragedy. People with anxiety don’t have to suffer. Researchers have known for many years about a completely safe and natural solution.

GABA Relieves Stress and Anxiety Safely

Your body operates through a miraculous balance of various chemical compounds. In your brain this balance is particularly important. In fact, a healthy balance of just two compounds accounts for over 80% of your brain’s activity.

One of those compounds is the amino acid glutamate. It acts like a gas pedal accelerating brain activity. The other is gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). It’s a calming neurotransmitter made from glutamate. It acts like the brake slowing things down.

In the right balance of glutamate and GABA, the brain operates in the optimum zone. But when GABA is low, glutamate takes over and gets the brain over-excited.

Low GABA levels are associated with restlessness, anxiety, insomnia, and depression.

But clinical studies show supplementing with GABA can relieve stress and anxiety. It also increases production of alpha brain waves that are associated with relaxation.

In a Japanese study, researchers gathered together a group of people who suffered with “acrophobia” or a fear of heights. Half the group took 200 mg of natural GABA and the other half took a placebo. The researchers then asked both groups to walk across a bridge suspended over a 150 foot canyon. You can imagine their anxiety!

At the beginning, middle, and end of the crossing, the researchers tested the subjects’ saliva for physiologic signs of anxiety. Signs of anxiety increased 35% in the placebo group. But the group taking GABA actually had decreased signs of anxiety by the time they crossed the bridge.

Soothe Anxiety Safely With Natural GABA

Anxiety is a complex problem. Some of our modern lifestyle habits have contributed to what has become an epidemic. Smoking, alcohol, and caffeine can all make anxiety worse.

Yoga and Tai Chi have been proven to increase GABA activity in the brain and decrease symptoms of anxiety disorder.

Studies also show several nutrients can help improve GABA function including omega 3 fats, B-vitamins, amino acids, and magnesium.

But you can also supplement with GABA. Health food stores and online sources sell both natural and synthetic forms of GABA. But I only recommend the natural form. Some studies show the synthetic form is not as effective.

The natural form is produced by fermentation with Lactobacillus hilgardii. That’s the same bacteria used to ferment vegetables in traditional Korean Kimchi.

Thorne Research makes the natural GABA that was used in the Japanese study. The researchers used 200 mg of GABA. You can take up to 600 mg per day if needed.

I don’t have any financial ties to Thorne Research. You can check out their product for yourself here.

 

About the Author: Jason Kennedy is a celebrated investigative health writer and the author of The X-Factor Revolution and Beyond the Blue Zone. With over 10 years of experience working with today’s leading alternative and anti-aging doctors, Jason shares his insider status and access to the latest breakthroughs with thousands of readers from around world.


Abdou AM et al, Relaxation and immunity enhancement effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) administration in humans. Biofactors 2006;26:201-208 Pubmed 16971751

 


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