GABA Boosters are often given as mood elevators, calming /relaxation effect, for insomnia, to promote weight loss, premenstrual symptoms and even bi polar disorder. There have been successful cases as far as bi polar is concerned. But not all patients have had positive results. Unfortunately GABA and some sex hormones don’t react well. Women with pre- menstrual syndrome (PMS) have reported to have increased depression while on GABA plus capsules-a classic condition of getting into the fire from the frying pan. It will be interesting to note that Oestrogen, the primary female sex hormone is a natural GABA booster!
GABA Dosage for adults is 250 – 1500mg per day (taken as a double or triple daily dose) as prescribed by the Doctor. GABA supplements are also prescribed for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The effect of GABA on ADHD cases is not widely studied though. A study among a few students in Japan showed that ADHD children who were given GABA boosters performed 20% better than their counterparts who were on placebos.
Some factors that cause a deficiency in GABA levels are a drop in zinc, manganese, iron and Vitamin B levels in one’s system.
GABA is also considered as captain inhibitory transmitter in whole human body. GABA maintains the well balance which causes over excitement and maintains the certain level of chemicals, neurotransmitters and other hormones.
GABA supplements are being promoted as safe by many but in reality there are some side effects if not taken in the right dosage as prescribed. Some serious side effects from the dosage of GABA boosters are rapid heartbeat, drowsiness, tingling sensation in the limbs, face and neck. Heart rate and breathing rate increased in most patients within a few minutes of ingesting the drug while the tingling sensation did not last longer than twenty minutes or so. This is an over-the-counter drug like painkillers and antiseptic lotions. GABA supplements can also be purchased online. Hence one should be cautious of the side effects before making a random purchase. Check out the best dosage to use before you get started.
It would be best to take the advice of a Physician and get the urine organic acids test done to know if one is really suffering from a GABA deficiency or not. Also, Thyroid Hormones (THs) have effects on the multiple modules of the GABA system. Clinical Studies on mice have revealed that some human nervous disorders involving the GABA is closely linked to thyroid malfunctions like Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism.
So it will not make much sense in take GABA supplements to promote weight loss or treat premenstrual syndrome (PMS) without knowing the actual case. Hypothyroidism can also cause obesity and some symptoms are common to both Hypothyroidism and PMS. But to know that a separate test called Thyroid Function Test is required. The connection between THs and GABAs is too complicated for a layperson and therefore an expert opinion is mandatory. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing and could result in dire consequences.