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GABA: Can This Neurotransmitter Supplement Boost Your Health?


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  • GABA, which stands for gamma-aminobutyric acid, is a neurotransmitter responsible for calming excited neurons, as well as playing a role in managing mental disorders such as anxiety and depression
  • Find out if you need to take it as a supplement, and why going with a natural approach may be more beneficial for you

The human brain relies on various neurotransmitters to communicate with different systems throughout the body. One important messenger is gamma-aminobutyric acid, often shortened to GABA. Its primary role is to inhibit the activity of excited neurons or nerve cells, thereby playing a role in behavior, cognition and your response to stress.

GABA works by binding with a receptor to prevent the stimulation of glutamate, a major neurotransmitter that does the opposite job of GABA, which is to excite the brain. A deficiency in GABA creates distinct symptoms, such as:

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