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What are the risks of taking GABA?

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GABA is a brain chemical that some researcher think may be linked to improved mood or relaxation. Some people take it as a supplement for that and other reasons. But there has not been enough research to know if GABA works, or what kind of risks it might pose. So it’s best to play it safe and not use GABA if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

SOURCES:

Virginia Commonwealth University: "The Role of GABA in the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Anxiety and Other Neuropsychiatric Disorders."

Linus Pauling Institute: "Neurotransmitter Synthesis." 

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid)."

Shimada M. Clinical and Experimental Hypertension. June 2009.

Krantis A. Acta Neuropathologica, 1984.

Enna, S. GABA, Volume 54 (Advances in Pharmacology), Academic Press, 2006.

Amen, D. Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, Three Rivers Press, 1999.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 5, 2019

SOURCES:

Virginia Commonwealth University: "The Role of GABA in the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Anxiety and Other Neuropsychiatric Disorders."

Linus Pauling Institute: "Neurotransmitter Synthesis." 

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid)."

Shimada M. Clinical and Experimental Hypertension. June 2009.

Krantis A. Acta Neuropathologica, 1984.

Enna, S. GABA, Volume 54 (Advances in Pharmacology), Academic Press, 2006.

Amen, D. Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, Three Rivers Press, 1999.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 5, 2019

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