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This is the third article in the series on how to balance your brain chemistry with food and supplements. Please read the first two articles in the series:
GABA calms and stabilizes the brain. It is the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter of the brain. It smoothes you out and gives you a more constant mood and performance. According to Eric Braverman, 50% of the population are GABA dominant natures. GABA natures are sociable and remain calm amongst the chaos. They love organization and are dependable. GABA natures don’t have wild mood swings and love team or group activities.
GABA deficiency displays as anxiousness, nervousness, irritability, restlessness, allergies, blurred vision, clammy hands, butterflies in the stomach, dizziness, IBS, constipation, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, headache, insomnia, trembling or shaking, tinnitus, manic depression, and mood disorders. I had a severe GABA deficiency and I felt much, much better after I started taking supplements.
How to Increase Your GABA Levels
In general complex carbohydrates are good for increasing GABA. Here is a list of the best food sources for GABA. These foods don’t contain GABA but they contain glutamate or glutamic acid, which forms glutamine in your body and is a precursor to GABA. The list is basically in descending order of how much you get from a typical portion.
- Whole wheat
- Whole grain oats
- Beef liver
- Rice bran
- Brown rice
L-Glutamine – This is a fantastic amino acid and is the most abundant in the muscle and blood plasma. It makes up an astounding 61% of your muscle tissue. It’s one of the most studied amino acids and it has numerous benefits, but for our purposes here it will increase your GABA levels. As one of its other benefits it is a potent GH releaser. It’s very cheap and you can take tons of it. I think every body builder in the world takes it. Take 2 to 15 grams per day. I buy it in powdered form.
L-Theanine – This is a very beneficial amino acid and is involved in the production of GABA. Take 100 mg 3 times a day.
There is evidence that yoga increases GABA in the brain.
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