What is Pure Nutrition GABA?
Pure Nutrition GABA is a fast-acting GABA supplement with absolutely no fillers or binders. This pure GABA powder provides 1,000 mg of GABA per serving (roughly one scoop).
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a non-proteinogenic amino acid that acts as the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter of the central nervous system (CNS) in humans. By doing so, GABA tends to be a “calming” supplement since it has an inhibitory effect on action potential firing in neurons. In addition, GABA enhances the metabolism of serotonin into N-acetylserotonin, which is the precursor to melatonin – a hormone that helps maintain normal sleep-wake cycles.
As such, GABA is becoming a more popular supplement for those who have a tough time unwinding and falling asleep at night, and those who want a natural calming supplement.
How Does GABA Work?
Evidence-based benefits of GABA supplementation may include:
- Natural stress-reducing properties
- Improve sleep quality/duration without feeling drowsy the next day
- Support calmness and mood
- Boosting the immune system (especially when stressed)
- Promote growth hormone (GH) secretion
- Enhance cognitive function
Stress is an intrinsic part of life as we know it; over time, being chronically distressed can have deleterious effects on our health if it’s not properly managed. In fact, recent estimates suggest that 2 out of every 3 adults deal with some form of chronic distress. GABA is arguably the most important neurotransmitter for relaxation and calmness, hence GABA supplements are a natural approach to fighting stress.
Studies in patients with mood disorders show promise for GABA supplements. The data suggest that GABA can help reduce anxiety and improve depressive symptoms by enhancing serotonin neurotransmission and allowing us to achieve an alpha brainwave mental state (similar to what we experience during meditation).
On the contrary, low levels of GABA and/or serotonin are generally associated with depression and anxiety disorders. Many people, whether anxious or not, find that the mood benefits of GABA make it a great nootropic.
There’s is also some evidence that GABA may increase growth hormone (GH) secretion when taken in larger doses. This could explain why people who supplement with GABA often feel more well-rested and are able to recover quicker from intense training.
For adults only, as a dietary supplement, take one serving (roughly one scoop) mixed in water or juice about 30 minutes before bedtime or as needed, on an empty stomach. Consult with your physician prior to taking GABA if you’re pregnant/nursing, taking medications, or have a medical condition. This supplement is not intended for children.