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Why do people take GABA?

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GABA is a brain chemical that some researcher think can help boost your mood or relax you. People take GABA as a supplement to try to:

They may also take GABA to try to:

Researchers don't know if GABA works.

  • Lower anxiety
  • Sleep better
  • Ease premenstrual syndrome
  • Treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Relieve pain or discomfort from injuries
  • Increase tolerance to exercise
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Burn fat
  • Increase the growth of lean muscle mass

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. . June 2009. Clinical and Experimental Hypertension

Krantis A. , 1984. Acta Neuropathologica

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

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

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. . June 2009. Clinical and Experimental Hypertension

Krantis A. , 1984. Acta Neuropathologica

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

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

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 5, 2019

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