GABA is known as "natures calming neurotransmitter" and an adequate amount of GABA in the nervous system is necessary to cope with stress. PharmaGABA is a natural form of the neurotransmitter GABA that is produced by a Lactobacillus organism.
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a major neurotransmitter widely distributed throughout the central nervous system. Because too much excitation can lead to irritability, restlessness, sleeplessness, and spasmodic movements, this excitation needs to be balanced with inhibition.
GABA - the most important inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain - can provide this inhibition, acting like a "brake" during times of runaway stress.* In addition, studies also indicate GABA can provide support for relaxation and enhance sleep.*
It is thought that either low GABA levels or decreased GABA function in the brain may possibly have an adverse impact on neurological health.*
The natural GABA in Thornes PharmaGABA-100 is produced via a fermentation process that utilizes Lactobacillus hilgardii, the bacteria used to ferment vegetables in the preparation of the traditional Korean cabbage dish known as kimchi.
Clinical studies show this natural form of GABA supports increasing the production of alpha-waves in the brain, creating a profound sense of physical relaxation while maintaining mental focus.* In contrast, the stress-related beta-waves in the brain are decreased.*
In addition to changes in brain waves, natural PharmaGABA has been shown to support relaxation, as evidenced by reduced pupil diameter, heart rate, and two natural markers of stress - salivary cortisol and chromogranin A.* In a head-to-head, double-blind trial of natural PharmaGABA versus synthetic GABA, synthetic GABA did not demonstrate these positive effects.*
Each capsule contains:
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)** 250mg
**From PharmaGABA®, a more effective, non-synthetic, naturally fermented form of GABA. PharmaGABA® is a trademark of Pharma Foods International
Other Ingredients: Hypromellose (derived from cellulose) capsule. May contain one of more the following hypoallergenic ingredients to fill space – cellulose, silicon dioxide, magnesium citrate laurate.
Contains NO: wheat, gluten, corn, yeast, soy, egg, dairy products, or artificial colors, sweeteners, or flavors. This product also does not contain lactose, palmitic acid, or magnesium, calcium, or vegetable stearates
Adults: Take 1 to 2 capsules, 2 to 3 times daily or as directed by a healthcare professional.
A woman who is pregnant, or might become pregnant, should not take PharmaGABA-100. Not recommended for children under age six years, unless prescribed by a health care practitioner.