gaba 2

  • Brain Rhythm: Chief inhibitory neurotransmitter
  • Promotes relaxation: anti-anxiety, anti-convulsive
Food habits and Weight Management
  • Controls inhibition and balances other excitory hormones and neurotransmitters
  • Controls ability to handle stress and impulses– low GABA leads to nervous tension and instinctive search for comfort and solace in food choices to resolve anxiety and poor impulse and portion control leading to overeating
  • Low GABA leads to eating quickly, eating second helpings, food sampling, eating desserts, overeating
Hormonal interactions
  • Deficiency causes anxiety which accelerates obesity and leads to all hormonal pauses
  • Progesterone primes GABA receptors
  • Thyroid hormones affect enzyme activity responsible for GABA synthesis, release, reuptake, receptor expression and function, and degradation
  • Loss of rhythm impacts calmness and stability, causing anxiety, hypertension GERD and seizures
  • Anxiety, Insomnia, Depression, Racing mind, Fear and worry
  • Diminished learning and memory due to increased glutamate activity
Excess Lethargy, feeling sedated
Symptoms of deficiency
  • Disorganised attention, restless mind, worry, guilt about decisions
  • Inner tension and excitability
  • Inexplicable dread, anxiety, overwhelm
  • Poor impulse control, temper tantrums; knot in stomach
Causes of deficiency
  • Inability to convert glutamate to GABA
  • Chronic stress and excess adrenalin
  • Hypoglycemia and insulin resistance
  • Anaemia, Hypothyroid and gluten sensitivity
Food modulators
  • Nuts – Peanuts, Walnuts, Hazelnuts, Almonds
  • Grains – Oats, Barley, Wheat, Rice
  • Legumes – Beans
  • Cheese; Halibut; Spinach; Liver
Herb and supplement modulators
  • Lithium Orotate; L-Theanine
  • Taurine (increases GABA receptivity and helps repair heart
  • Glycine (which also helps liver detoxification)
  • Calmative herbs – Passion Flower; Valerian root; Chamomile; Hops; Kava kava

Adapted from:

Braverman, E. (2009). Younger (Thinner) You Diet. New York, N.Y.:Rodale.

Kharrazian, D. (2013). Why Isn’t My Brain Working? Carlsbad, C.A.: Elephant Press

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