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GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is naturally occurring amino acid in the brain. It is the major inhibitory (calming) neurotransmitter in the central nervous system and has been found in several peripheral tissues. Without GABA, nerve cells fire too easily and too often.
GABA levels can drop when a person is subjected to stressful conditions. Therefore, supplementation with a safe, clinically proven form of GABA, such as PharmaGABA®, may be beneficial in reestablishing ideal GABA levels. Unlike synthetic GABA, PharmaGABA® is the product of natural fermentation by Lactobacillus hilgardii, the same beneficial bacteria used to make the traditional Korean dish, kimchi.
Clinical studies have documented the health benefits of oral supplementation with PharmaGABA®. Once ingested, it appears that the GABA is absorbed easily and binds to GABA receptors in the peripheral nervous system located in the gut, leading to activation of the parasympathetic nervous system through the gut-brain axis. This arm of the autonomic nervous system is responsible for producing what is referred to as the “relaxation response,” a physiological response that is in direct contrast to the stress or “fight or flight” response. This activation of the parasympathetic nervous system by PharmaGABA® is measurable within 5 to 30 minutes after ingestion.(1)
Through its activation of the parasympathetic nervous system PharmaGABA® can support mental focus, enhance memory, and increase concentration.(1) In students, a double-blind, placebo controlled study of 56 fifth graders showed reduced levels of a protein secreted by the adrenal gland in response to stress after taking a standardized arithmetic test, and improved completion and accuracy on the test, in the group given PharmaGABA® compared to the placebo group.(2)
In another study conducted on adults, an electroencephalogram (EEG) was used to measure the activity of alpha and beta pattern brain waves after administration of PharmaGABA®. Alpha waves are seen in wakefulness where there is a relaxed and effortless alertness. In contrast, beta waves are seen in highly stressful situations where there is difficult mental concentration and focus. Compared the control group, the EEGs of the group given 100 mg of PharmaGABA® showed significant increases in alpha waves and marked decreases in beta waves.(3) These results would suggest that PharmaGABA® has relaxing and anxiolytic effects.
(1) Natural form of GABA PharmaGABA » Health Benefit. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.natural-pharmagaba.com/health-benefit.html
(2)Konagai C., Nakamura K., Koga Y., et al. (2008) “Effect of PharmaGABA on reduction of school child’s study stress effect” Japanese Society Nutrition Food Science, 62, 1726.
(3) Abdou, A., Higashiguchi, S., Horie, K., Kim, M., Hatta, H., & Yokogoshi, H. (2006). Relaxation and immunity enhancement effects of γ-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) administration in humans. BioFactors, 26(3), 201-208.
- Color (in powder form)
- White to Light yellow
- Product Flavor Profile (mixed with 8-10 oz. water)
- Neutral tasting
- Suggested Flavor Pairings
- Any: Pairs well with all of our 12 flavor offerings. Choose your favorite!
- Alternative Uses: Add to…
- Cold Beverages (juice, milk, iced tea, etc.)
- Sports Drinks