Gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA, is a neurotransmitter that’s vital to controlling our stress levels and our ability to relax and get to sleep. As the brain’s primary neurotransmitter, it’s a major component of the brain’s natural self-regulating system of balance between excitement and inhibition.
GABA keeps excitatory impulses in check, which in turn helps regulate mood, focus and relaxation while staving off anxiousness, nervousness and stress.
People with low GABA levels are likely to experience anxiety, depression, stress, irritability and/or disrupted sleep. Prescription benzodiazepines such as Valium and Xanax work effectively on GABA receptors to decrease anxious states, but this class of drug comes with serious side effects, such as dependency and a possible role in the development of dementia. That’s why more natural solutions for supporting GABA levels have become popular for taming stress, tension, anxiety and promoting restful sleep.
Thorne Research PharmaGABA Capsules
Features a natural source of GABA that has been clinically shown to decrease stress-related beta waves and increase alpha-waves, reduce heart rate and improve sleep quality.
The natural GABA in Thorne’s PharmaGABA suite is produced via a fermentation process that utilizes Lactobacillus hilgardii, the same bacteria that is used in the preparation of the traditional Korean dish known as kimchi.
Pharmaca Pharma GABA Chewable Tablets
Pharma GABA is a superior source and naturally produced form of the important brain compound GABA, and works to regulate and stabilize moods and establish a sense of calm, relieve anxiety and promote restful sleep. This tasty, chewable tablet is manufactured to ensure safety and potency in accordance with the FDA’s Good Manufacturing Practices.
Source Naturals GABA Calm Lozenges
Source Naturals’ GABA lozenges dissolve quickly, effectively delivering the two main inhibitory neurotrasmitters, GABA and glycine, with N-acetyl L-tyrosine to the body to decrease anxiety and irritability and promote a sense of calm and relaxation.
Natural Factors Pharma GABA Stress-Relax Tablets
Natural Factors Pharma GABA Stress-Relax is another flavorful, chewable tablet that helps to increase the production of alpha brain waves to create a sense of physical relaxation, while maintaining mental focus.
Natural Factors Stress-Relax line includes a variety of natural supplements that aim to ease anxiety, promote mood enhancement, and help relieve muscle cramps, including those associated with your menstrual cycle.
Natural Stacks GABA Brain Food
Natural Stacks GABA Brain Food includes ingredients like L-Citrulline, rosmarinic acid and grapeseed extract, which work to both increase GABA’s transport into the brain and to sustain elevated concentrations of GABA, promoting feelings of calmness and relaxation while supporting clear thoughts and mental clarity.