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GABA for Sleep

Chronic Insomnia

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  • Your body uses the neurotransmitter GABA to dampen nerve activity in your brain, which leads to feelings of calm and relaxation
  • Average brain GABA levels were nearly 30 percent lower in people with primary insomnia compared to controls
  • Your body produces GABA from glutamate, so eating foods rich in this substance may help to optimize your GABA levels

By Dr. Mercola

Gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), an amino acid, is the major inhibitory neurotransmitter in your central nervous system (CNS). That is, your body uses GABA to dampen nerve activity in your brain, which leads to feelings of calm and relaxation.


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