GABA - THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS ABOUT DOSAGE AND EFFECTS
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Stress, anxiety, burn-out - according to Statista these mental illnesses are now among the most common issues experienced in society.
A healthy way of life is the be-all and end-all - but more and more often, everyday life is putting a wrench on good resolutions. That is why people are increasingly turning to dietary supplements such as Gaba - it calms, relaxes, has an anxiety-relieving effect and is also said to improve sleep. We will try to dive in and analyze the most important questions regarding Gaba dosage and the Gaba effect.
How does the supplement Gaba work?
GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is a neurotransmitter that controls functions in the central nervous system (CNS). Motor and sensory stimuli are controlled there. The effect of Gaba influences, among other things, cognitive functions, mood, feelings, pain, irritability and how our body deals with stress.
Gaba inhibits the transmission of stimuli between the nerve cells. And this is exactly why it is used as a supplement.
With the effect of Gaba, it should be possible for us to make everyday life easier - to leave stress, worries at work, and racing thoughts behind. Especially in the big cities, where people are exposed to a lot of noise, light and crowds day and night. Digital life also provides us with so much information and a flood of stimuli, thus it is becoming increasingly difficult to relax.
Gaba has a calming, relaxing effect and many users also appreciate the sleep-promoting effect of Gaba.
Experience reports with Gaba effects
Various studies have been dealing with the effects of Gaba on humans for several years. The Gaba experiences of the users are also predominantly positive. Here is a selection:
a) Gaba experience with sleep issues
The renowned medical newspaper published a report in 2008 on a US study and the influence of Gaba on insomnia (sleep disorders). The Gaba value in the brain was significantly lower in those having sleeping problems than in patients without sleep problems. The lower the values, the more problematic the sleep disorder was, which leads to the assumption that too low Gaba levels cause the brain or CNS to be overactive and unable to turn on the "rest mode". The report on the sleep laboratory states: “The lower Gaba content, the poorer the sleep quality. Thus, patients with a low Gaba content stay awake significantly longer ... ".
A user who describes it as "the best natural sleep aid" also reports a consistently positive Gaba experience with sleep disorders. Although he would not sleep any longer, he would wake up much more relaxed so far.
b) Experience with Gaba in depression
Depression is a very complex disease of the psyche. It affects more and more people - it is often referred to as the "new widespread disease".
According to several findings, the one reason for depression can also be a deficiency of Gaba or Serotonin in the brain. However, the individual cases should be analyzed carefully. Therefore, it is important to seek medical and therapeutic help as soon as possible in the case of depression. Self-medication without consulting a healthcare professional is, therefore, absolutely the wrong approach.
c) Gaba experiences with fear problems
In fact, as a neurotransmitter, Gaba has an anxiety-relieving and calming effect and is sometimes used as an additional treatment, especially for mild anxiety, instead of strong, mind-altering psychotropic drugs. Nonetheless, in the case of anxiety, just like in the case of depression, a specialist's recommendations are indispensable.
Especially in short-term, acute anxiety and stressful situations, calming down the organism with Gaba or similar can be helpful. But current and chronic anxiety and panic disorders have massive effects on all areas of life, and the causes are diverse. Therefore, the treatment, whether medicinal or therapeutic, must be accompanied by a doctor.
What do you have to consider with the Gaba dosage?
Among other things, Gaba is used for the following symptoms:
- anxiety and panic
- states of exhaustion (burn-out)
- mood swings (e.g. PMS)
- trouble sleeping
- inner unrest
The Gaba recommended intake varies depending on the intended use and should be discussed with the treating physician in case of doubt. Every person has individual neurochemistry, so the recommendations are only the guidelines.
In general, the following recommendations apply:
- Always start with the lowest possible doses to evaluate the individual reactions
- Gaba should be taken on an empty stomach
- Gaba for relaxation: 1 to 2 doses of 500mg per day
- Gaba dose for sleep: 1 dose of 500mg, approx. 30 minutes just before going to bed
- Gaba for panic attacks: if necessary, several small doses a day
Gaba capsules are easy to use, especially on the go. These mostly contain 500mg GABA and are particularly recommended for first-time users, as the Gaba dose in capsules and tablets is always constant.
Gaba powder can be dosed up to 1000mg per serving or as required. However, it is more recommended for experienced users.
Since Gaba should calm down and support sleep, high doses of Gaba should only be taken before going to bed, and neither when driving or doing other intensive activities.
Here you can order Gaba online without a prescription.
Is a Gaba overdose dangerous?
When taking Gaba, as with all nootropics, you should start with the lowest possible dose to be able to assess the body's reactions. The maximum dose should not exceed 1000 mg per day.
An overdose of Gaba can also have the exact opposite effect of what you want to achieve or combat - i.e. restlessness, sleep problems or anxiety attacks. In the event of a Gaba overdose, reddening of the skin, tingling sensations or slight numbness in the arms and legs have been reported. When in doubt: seek medical help.
In particular, users who are already taking other prescription drugs or psychotropic drugs should consult their doctor in advance. Ultimately, an overdose of supplements containing Gaba can have undesirable effects on neurochemistry in the brain.
Further information and experiences with Gaba are also available on our blog: Gaba side effects.
What are the symptoms of a Gaba deficiency?
Gaba is a neurotransmitter that occurs naturally in the body.
There are many reasons for a Gaba deficiency - unbalanced diet, an imbalance in brain chemistry, neurological diseases and much more. It can, for example, lead to our nerve cells being permanently excited and no longer able to rest. If the Gaba level is too low, it can be compensated with certain foods or supplements.
Typical symptoms of GABA deficiency include:
- Panic attacks or anxiety
- Difficulty concentrating
- Inner unrest
- Changing mood
- Headache and muscle pain
- Problems with sleep
- Mood swings
Where can you buy Gaba?
You can buy nootropics on Raw Powders - for better concentration and performance, weight control, muscle building or a better memory.
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