Info: Available in Two Strengths and Formats (Veg. Capsules or Powder)
These GABA formulations from NOW Foods may help provide relaxation and better sleep (especially the most potent type), and combat anxiety, depression, and stress.
The GABA powder and regular capsules are presented in a moderate 500 mg per serving dosage in order to promote relaxation during stressful times, but still enable you to stay sharp. And because the central nervous system also needs Vitamin B6 to serotonin, produce another neurotransmitter involved in sleep and mood, that has been added to the regular strength capsules. Alternately, you can get Extra Strength capsules with 750 mg of GABA alone.
GABA (Gamma AminoButyric Acid) is sometimes called the "brain's natural calming agent," because it's an inhibitory neurotransmitter whose job is to "put the brakes" on the other neurotransmitters in the nervous system that are responsible for mood and cognition which sometimes become over-stimulated. If GABA levels are too low or the receptors for them are not working adequately, psychiatric and neurological disorders such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, and epilepsy may result. Studies indicate taking GABA as a supplement can improve relaxation and enhance sleep, which helps maintain overall good health.
Gamma-AminoButyric Acid is an amino acid which functions as a major neurotransmitter throughout the central nervous system. The various neurotransmitters responsible for thinking, remembering etc. must be stimulated in order to function, but constant stimulation alone would lead to irritability, restlessness, insomnia, seizures, and movement disorders, so that must be balanced with inhibition. That's done by inhibitory neurotransmitters in the brain which act like 'brakes,' and they're especially needed during times of stress. GABA is the most important of them, which is why anxiety medications such as benzodiazepines stimulate GABA receptors to induce relaxation. Low GABA levels or decreased GABA functions are associated with a number of psychiatric or neurological disorders, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, and epilepsy.
Each 1/4 level teaspoon of the 100% Pure GABA Powder contains:
500 mg GABA (Gamma Aminobutyric Acid). (No other ingredients.)
Each Veg. Capsule contains:
GABA (Gamma Aminobutyric Acid) -- either:
- 750 mg, in the Extra Strength version; or,
- 500 mg in the regular version, which also contains
- 2 mg of Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride).
Non-medicinal ingredients: Veg. Capsule (hypromellose, water), Silica, Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source).
Adult Dosage for regular 500 mg version: Take 1 capsule 2 or 3 times daily as needed, preferably with juice or water on an empty stomach.
For the Powder: Adults: Take a quarter of a level teaspoon daily between meals, or on an empty stomach. Consult a healthcare practitioner for use beyond 3 weeks. Store in a cool, dry place.
For the Extra Strength, take 1 capsule daily between meals or on an empty stomach. Consult a health care practitioner for use beyond 3 weeks.
Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or are taking prescription anti-anxiety medications, or have epilepsy. Consumption of alcohol, other drugs or natural health products with sedative properties in addition to these products is not recommended. Some people may experience drowsiness. Exercise caution if operating heavy machinery, driving a motor vehicle, or are involved in activities requiring mental alertness. Consult a health care practitioner if symptoms persist or worsen.
Health Canada Natural Product Numbers: NPN: 80027170 for the 500 mg strength veg. capsules; NPN: 80040103 for the Powder; and NPN: 80041987 for the 750 mg veg. capsules