What is GABA? GABA, (Gamma-Aminobutyric acid), is an amino acid produced naturally in the brain. It's primary function is that of a neurotransmitter, helping to facilitate communication among neurons and brain cells. GABA's purpose is to help reduce the amount of activity that neurons in the brain and in the central nervous system are doing. This is why GABA gets labeled as a “depressive” neuroamine, because it's purpose is to slow down neuroconnections from getting over-stimulated and over-excited. The slowing down of neurons leads to many effects on the body & brain, including increased relaxation, stress reduction, calmness, pain relief, and increased sleep, just to name a few. What Does GABA Do? GABA acts as an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. This means that GABA lowers or slows down the activity of nerve cells in the brain and in the CNS. This essentially relaxes the brain and helps to slow everything down. The effects of this are powerful, increased sleep, reduced stress, lowered anxiety, and calmness are common side-effects. It's so vitally important in the body because without GABA, your brain would burn itself out by constantly going faster and faster without ever kicking things down to a lower gear and chilling out. GABA has also shown promise as playing a powerful role in the healthy function of the body's immune & endocrine systems–as well as helping to regulate appetite and differing levels of metabolism. What are the benefits of GABA? Less Stress Less Anxiety Reduces Depression Improves Sleeps Helps improve cognitive functions How do you take GABA? When taken as a dietary supplement, daily GABA supplementation can range from 100 mg – 500 mg per day. What are the side effects of GABA? GABA supplementation is generally considered safe in healthy adults. If you consume any medications that currently interact with GABA production in your brain or seratonin, such as anti-depressant medications, it is important to speak with your doctor about any possible negative interactions.