Gamma Aminobutyric Acid
Q: SHOULD I TAKE GABA MORE THAN ONCE A DAY?
A: Specific studies have not been performed to indicate whether this would be of additional benefit. However, viewing the literature, one cold surmise that an extra 5 gram dose during the early morning hours would generate another 5 1/2 fold spike in plasma growth hormone, thus providing the benefits of elevated growth hormone levels.
Feedback from hundreds of users has provided anecdotal evidence indicating this dual GABA administration technique is very beneficial. If you have the discipline to wake up in the early morning hours for the second dose you could very well experience an even greater effect with supplemental gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA).
More than two 5 gram doses in the evening would not be recommended as this would put you near the 18 gram diminishing return level as pointed out in the research.
Q: WHAT IS GABA?
A: GABA, Gamma Aminobutyric Acid, is an amino acid that is classified as a neurotransmitter (A neurotransmitter is a substance that transmits nerve impulses across a synapse. A synapse is a region where nerve impulses are transmitted across axon terminals).
GABA’s High concentration in the hypothalamus suggests this amino acid plays a significant role in hypothalamic-pituitary function. The hypothalamus is a region of the posterior section of the brain that is the regulating center for visceral (instinctive) functions such as sleep cycles, body temperature and the activity of the pituitary gland.
The pituitary gland is the master endocrine gland affecting all hormone functions of the body. One primary hormone of concern to the athlete is growth hormone (GH) and its various hormonal constituents.
The amino acid GABA has been shown in numerous studies to promote significant increases in plasma growth hormone levels.
Q: HOW IS GABA TAKEN?
A: Its peerless design allows for unique sublingual administration. This allows for superior uptake and utilization. This is of utmost importance where neurotransmitter amino acids are concerned.
This sublingual application is simple and effective.
Place 3 to 5 grams on your tongue. Immediately the GABA will dissolve. You then transfer the dissolved GABA solution under you tongue and let it remain there for 2 to 3 minutes. You can wash the remainder down with some water.
Q: WHEN IS GABA TAKEN?
A: GABA is taken before going to bed on an empty stomach. When we say “empty”. we mean at least 45 minutes after your last meal. Taken GABA at this time works worth you body’s natural tendency for increased growth hormone release approximately 90 minutes after you fall asleep. This evening dose correlates well with GABA’s slight sedative effects for a restful nights sleep.
Q: WHAT DOES GABA TASTE LIKE?
A: GABA is a pure amino acid. Its taste can best be described as “slightly medicinal or chemical”. It is not repulsive in any way, yet, because of its purity it will have this medicinal quality to it. There are no flavorings or fillers of any kind adulterating this product.
Q: CAN I MIX GABA WITH A PROTEIN DRINK?
A: You can take GABA with any other supplement, just not at the same time. Taking GABA sublingually by itself as instructed has been shown to produce the best results. As with all singular free amino acids you want to provide a noncompetitive atmosphere that will allow for superior utilization. So if you are taking other supplements, space them throughout the day so you not take them at the same time you take GABA
Because you take GABA right before going to sleep, this is rarely a problem.
Q: ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS WITH GABA?
A: Aside from the positive side effects of building lean muscle mass, some individuals may experience some of GABA’s other unique qualities. Some people report a skin surface tingling sensation for a few minutes after taking GABA. This is not uncommon and can be likened to a “niacin flush”. Some also report a slight shortness of breath for a few minutes after taking GABA. This also is not uncommon and its nothing that is of serious concern. These are common yet unexplainable characteristics of GABA.
These symptoms occur in some people but not in others. Some people will experience one or both of these sensations every time the use GABA. Others will experience it sporadically with the use of GABA, and yet some will never experience it when using GABA. These temporary sensations are not indicative of the effectiveness of GABA nor are they harmful in any way. These are just inherent characteristics of supplementing GABA.
Lastly, GABA has a slight relaxing or sedative effect which makes it ideal for use right before going to sleep. Many people report improved sleep patterns and a well rested feeling upon arising. Colorful and somewhat lucid dreams are also frequently reported.
Q: WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO SEE RESULTS WITH GABA?
A: This varies form person to person. Some notice an almost immediate feeling of well being. Nagging injuries seem to disappear and workout recovery times are reduced dramatically.
Many report a decrease in body fat and an increase in lean body weight are noticeable in as short as a two week period. However, to fully appreciate GABA’s effectiveness an eight week program is suggested.
Q: WHAT KIND OF STUDIES HAVE BEEN DONE ON GABA AND GROWTH HORMONE RELEASE?
A: There have been literally hundreds of clinical studies on GABA and effect on growth hormone elevation.
As with most nutritional studies, GABA research has come directly form the medical community. One noted study form the First Medical Clinic, University of Milan in Milan, Italy titled “Effect of acute and repeated administration of gamma aminobutyric (GABA) on growth hormone and protactin secretion in man”, shows just how effective GABA is.