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GABA

Also known as gamma-aminobutyric acid, GABA is widely used in countless sleep and relaxation themed formulas within the dietary supplement world. GABA can also be found in growth hormone enhancing products, making it beneficial for muscle growth and weight loss as well. If you’re looking for a proven and safe way to reduce stress levels, speed up how long it takes you to fall asleep, and improve body composition, GABA is a time tested and proven option.

What it does

GABA offers numerous benefits, including increasing circulating growth hormone, levels[1], influencing the onset of sleep[2], reducing stress levels[3], as well as enhanced relaxation and immunity[4].

How it works

GABA is regarded as the most powerful depressive neuroamine in humans, making it crucial for allowing the mind and body to relax and induce sedation/sleep.

GABA has shown the ability to interact with neurons found within the hypothalamus, causing the HPTA to release additional growth hormone during sleep. Some studies have found growth hormone to increase by as much as 375%[5] when using GABA.
GABA favorably influences sleep due to its ability to inhibit glutamate, an excitatory neurotransmitter. In short, GABA prevents your brain from feeling “awake” by eliminating compounds which are shown to be stimulatory.

Dosing

Suggested dosing for GABA varies widely. For traditional anti-stress and immune enhancing benefits, doses of 250-750mg should be taken daily.
For maximum growth hormone benefits, studies show that doses of up to 3g before sleep are most effective.

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23075553
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11983310
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19462324
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16971751
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18091016
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