Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is an amino acid that acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. It is essential for brain metabolism, aiding in proper brain function.
The fact that they are termed "nonessential" does not mean that they are not necessary, only that they need not be obtained through the diet because the body can manufacture them as needed.
GABA is formed in the body from another amino acid, glutamic acid. Its function is to decrease neuron activity and inhibit nerve cells from over-firing. Together with niacinamide and inositol, it prevents anxiety - and stress-related messages from reaching the motor centers of the brain by occupying their receptor sites.
Gamma-aminobutyric acid can be taken to calm the body in much the same way as diazepam (Valium), chlordiazepoxide (Librium, and other tranquilizers, but whithout the fear of addiction.
GABA has been used in the treatment of epilepsy and hypertension. It is good for depressed sex drive because of its ability as a relaxant. It is also useful for enlarged prostate, probably because it play a role in the mechanism regulating the release of sex hormones.
Gamma-aminobutyric acid is effective in treating attention deficit disorder.
Caution: Too much GABA, however, can cause increased anxiety, shortness of breath, numbness around the mouth, and tingling in the extremities.
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