Wednesday, March 3, 2010

GABA Reduces Stress

GABA Reduces Stress
GABA is the abbreviation for the compound Gamma Amino Butyric Acid. GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter discovered in 1950. It is related to the amino acid, glutamic acid, a nutrient known to improve sleep. GABA reduces stress and helps the brain prepare for better sleep by activating brain receptors and calming nerves.

GABA and Human Growth Hormone
GABA stimulates the anterior pituitary gland and helps increase Human Growth Hormone (HGH). Body builders are known to take GABA for this reason. A study at the University of Milan showed that GABA supplementation induced a five-time increase of growth hormone into the blood stream.

GABA in the Brain
GABA helps stabilize the theta waves of the brain. In a clinical trial in Japan, GABA was shown to increase alpha waves and decrease beta waves. GABA was tested against water (placebo) and L-theanine and only the GABA showed the change in brain wave activity.