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Healthy Habits: GABA


Healthy Habits: GABA

Gamma Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) is an inhibitory neurotransmitter naturally occurring in the central nervous system. It is an amino acid that relieves anxiety, reduces muscle spasms, promotes a restful & healing sleep, lowers blood pressure and boosts immunity. While blood tests cannot indicate a GABA deficiency, decreased levels of GABA could be linked to these certain symptoms and health conditions.

Some whole food sources of GABA are:

  • broccoli
  • cabbage
  • cauliflower
  • brussels sprouts
  • spinach,
  • adzuki beans
  • mushrooms
  • tomatoes
  • buckwheat
  • peas
  • chestnuts
  • sweet potatoes
  • sprouted grains
  • brown rice
  • almonds
  • bananas
  • beef liver
  • white tea

Healthy gut bacterium produce GABA as well, and so yogurt, kefir, , kimchi and other fermented foods are also good sources.

NAC/N-Acetyl Cysteine, which will be the focus of next week’s column, and spirulina (see previous column on spirulina/blue-green algae: both help your body assimilate GABA.

Check with your health care practitioner and/or do your research first, as with anything recommended here. In addition to the aforementioned, here are some of the other possible health benefits of GABA: improves mood & focus, reduces depression, calms the nerves, natural ADHD remedy, reduces PMS & menopause symptoms, aids concentration, boosts HGH (human growth hormone), anti-aging, helps ameliorate restless leg syndrome, improves motor control and promotes healthy vision.

Be Well and God Bless You.

Jennifer Wimmer

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