GABA

In Blog, Health, Nutrition, Podcasts by Wendy Christien

GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter and amino acid that helps to calm the nervous system.

GABA controls the brain’s rhythm so that the body can function at a steady pace, and it has a calming and stabilizing effect of the brain.

According to Eric Braverman, people with a balanced GABA nature are dependable and organized. They are generally punctual, practical, objective, level-headed, and confident.

People with too much GABA can tend to expend energy at their own expense and can seek the approval of others.

A balanced brain creates and receives electricity in a smooth, even flow, however, when there is not enough GABA, the brain produces electricity in bursts which disrupts a person’s emotional well-being and sense of calm.

Low GABA has a negative impact on the nervous system and people with low GABA can be anxious, nervous, easily flustered, angry, irritable and unable to cope with stress. 

GABA also impacts the vagus nerve and a deficiency can result in blurred vision, dizziness, coughing or choking, rapid heartbeat, tinnitus, and varying degrees of muscle and nerve pain.

People with low levels of GABA have greater requirements for complex carbohydrates which include foods such as:

  • Whole grains including rolled oats, whole wheat breads, brown rice, or wild rice
  • Quinoa and buckwheat
  • Starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes, pumpkin, butternut, potatoes, corn
  • Legumes – beans, peas, chickpeas, and lentils
  • Fruits such as pears, berries, apples, banana’s

These can be balanced with proteins and non-starchy vegetables and salads.

Other nutrients that are beneficial for low GABA include inositol, glutamine, and B vitamins.

GABA is also available as a supplement, but it works better in smaller rather than large doses. GABA can lower blood pressure so people who suffer from low blood pressure should use it with caution.

Aerobic exercise is the best type of exercise for people with GABA imbalances because the endorphins released when we exercise helps to produce GABA.

It is also helpful for these individuals to engage in a hobby, to play more and enjoy fun activities and to participate in uplifting social relationships where they get as much input as they give.

Referenced from Dr Eric Braverman’s Book The Edge Effect.

Listen to my interview with Brad Kirsten from Radio Cape Pulpit on 24 February 2022 to learn more. Listen to my next interview on Thursday at 7.45am