A study of GABA supplementation revealed that participants increased their Human Growth Hormone levels by 5 times with as little as 5 grams taken just 90 minutes earlier. We all know that HGH levels affect muscle mass, muscle tone and levels of body fat. The benefits of supplementation of GABA are not only for the athlete or bodybuilder but can greatly benefit the quality of life for those who are not just interested a better physique.
What is GABA
GABA or Gamma-aminobutyric acid is a neurotransmitter naturally produced in humans which regulates neuron function. It is also involved in the control of muscle tone as it is a controller and producer of Human Growth Hormone, or HGH. Although the body synthesizes its own Gamma-aminobutyric acid from glutamine, those levels of production always decrease as we age. Many people can benefit from supplementing Gamma-aminobutyric acid as part of both a fitness and general health program.
There have been a number of studies regarding the use of supplemental Gamma-aminobutyric acid with regard to brain function including memory, mood and anxiety. Most studies agree that GABA has a somewhat sedating effect on the brain and is an inhibitor rather than an exciter. Proper brain function requires a balance between these two types of amino acids. Thus, if a person’s brain has a higher level of exciters than inhibitors, supplementing with GABA can be helpful.
Some studies have concluded that Gamma-aminobutyric acid serves as a brain circulation agent and can improve memory, alertness and focus. Others have concluded that GABA is contributing factor in boosting the immune system. Certain nootropics, or so called “smart drugs” because of their positive affect on cognition and brain function, are actually derived from Gamma-aminobutyric acid. Among these are Piracetam, Oxiracetam and Aniracetam.. Due to recent government action eliminating the availability of Aniracetam as a supplement, many people have turned to supplementing with Gamma-aminobutyric acid and the previously mentioned products.