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. www.prevention.com/
Some whole food sources of GABA are:
- brussels sprouts
- adzuki beans
- sweet potatoes
- sprouted grains
- brown rice
- 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. 1954.newstogo.us/
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.