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Your Stress-Free Guide to GABA

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If you’ve been in the market for mood support or stress management supplements you may be familiar with the ingredient GABA. It’s like melatonin in that they are both a chemical naturally created by the body, but they can also both be taken as a nutritional supplement.

GABA, which is short for Gamma-Aminobutyric acid, is an amino acid that serves as an inhibitory neurotransmitter, meaning it has a calming effect on the brain.* But rather than acting as a sedative, GABA could work to induce a state of relaxed alertness by increasing the production of lower-frequency alpha brain waves and decreasing the production of tense and anxious beta waves.*

 Low GABA activity in the body can be associated with:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Lack of concentration
  • Forgetfulness
  • Chronic pain
  • Headaches
  • Sleep issues

Although GABA supplements are widely available in the market claiming to help with these commonly experienced symptoms of low GABA activity, it is important to consider your options and do your research before choosing the right product for you.

You may be surprised to find that synthetic GABA is very popular. We’d suggest looking into types of GABA that are not only made naturally but also have been studied in human clinical research, such as PharmaGABA®.  

Since this proprietary ingredient has been well-studied, researchers know that it helps the body’s nervous system to start a “relaxation response,” which is a physiological response that the body makes and can be considered to be the opposite of the body’s stress or “fight or flight” response. This activation has been shown in clinical research that PharmaGABA® can be felt within 5 to 30 minutes after ingestion.*

In addition, Natural PharmaGABA® is more bioavailable than synthetic GABA, possibly because it is better able to cross the blood-brain barrier.* Studies also show that synthetic GABA cannot offer the same effect that natural PharmaGABA® does by increasing the production of alpha brain waves — indicating a relaxed state of alertness.*

Do you have low GABA activity? Try incorporating some GABA supplements to your diet. Consider putting QOL’s Serenelle® to the test! Featuring PharmaGABA®, Sernelle’s formula also includes human clinically studied mood support and stress management ingredients such as L-theanine, lemon balm extract, and ashwagandha extract. Serenelle helps increase your energy and focus by helping the body: reduce occasional stress, produce calming brain waves and improve mood.*

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