What is GABA?
Gamma-Aminobutryic Acid (GABA) is an amino acid discovered in Berlin in 1883. It is classified as a neurotransmitter; that is, a natural substance that help the nerve impulses cross synapses and communicate with one another.
What does GABA do?
In addition to it’s positive effect on the nervous system, medical studies have also proven GABA to have many other important positive effects on the body following supplementation. First, GABA naturally stimulates the anterior pituitary gland to secrete higher levels of Human Growth Hormone (HGH). Second, studies have shown GABA to improve sleep cycles leading to more restful sleeping and more interesting, vivid dreaming. Third, GABA has shown powerful stabilizing effects on blood pressure. Finally, research has demonstrated GABA to be a very effective analgesic, eliminating pain from chronic conditions such as arthritis and lower back pain.
GABA most startling effect is in body fat loss. How does it work?
Modern advances in medical research have uncovered a number of previously unknown facts concerning fat storage and energy utilization by the body. Recent studies have found that higher level of circulating Human Growth Hormone (HGH) was associated with less body fat and a better lean tissue/stored fat ratio. Additionally, stimulating naturally the levels of Human Growth Hormone led to a marked decrease in fat storage and greater feelings of energy and vigor. HGH is a hormone that is widely known for its powerful anabolic (muscle building) effects as well as its lipotropic (breakdown and utilization of body fat) effects. The overall result of these effects is an increase in lean tissue mass and a decrease in body fat.
Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is produced, stored and secreted by the pituitary gland located at the base of the brain. As you advance in age, HGH is able to continue to be made and stored by the brain, however, it’s level of secretion (release into the bloodstream) falls way off. This lack of circulating HGH is the factor that scientists now believe is responsible for the tendency of older individuals to have increased difficulty losing body fat. GABA signals the pituitary to naturally release HGH. Studies have shown that 90 minutes following GABA supplementation, HGH levels increase over five times the previous levels.
What is an effective dose of GABA?
Scientific research demonstrates that at least 2 grams of GABA should be taken per dose. Additionally, it has been found that 5 grams is more effective than 2 grams and that effectiveness tops out at 18 grams.
Are there any negative side effects to GABA?
There are no negative side effects possible with the use of GABA, however, some beginning users report mild tingling about the face and neck as well as a brief but noticeable change in heart rates or breathing patterns.
Are all GABA products similar?
Unfortunately, no. When considering the merits of GABA products, two important properties should be recognized. First, many GABA powders are not 100% pure. In fact, they may be “cut” as much as 9-1 with simple corn starch. Secondly, GABA should be a Hydrochloride (GABA HCL) if it is to be completely effective as an oral compound. This allows it to pass through digestion and to reach the brain fully intact where it plays it’s physiologic role.
When should GABA be taken?
HGH is best release within two hours of falling asleep so if GABA is being used for fat loss it should be taken on an empty stomach, immediately before bed. If GABA is being used for pain or any of it’s other positive benefits it may be taken anytime throughout the day or night.