GABA and Nutrition

GABA Nutrition Information

GABA is produced naturally in the body, but there are several food items that are rich in GABA and will prevent you from being deficient. In order to have a nutrition-GABA-friendly diet, include lots of complex carbohydrates. It helps in increasing the level of glutamine, an amino acid that supports the production of GABA. Let us have a look –

According to Dr. Braverman, higher level of glutamine is the major resource of GABA. We should concentrate on that and choose our daily diet, if done efficiently; we might never have to depend on a supplement.

About GABA Supplements

GABA or Gamma-Amino Butyric Acid is a non essential amino acid, generated in the brain. GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter, formed by a biochemical reaction between glutamic acid and pyridoxal (a vitamin), and also includes GAD or decarboxylase. A neurotransmitter helps in fostering the communication between every nerve cell, present in our central nervous system.

GABA is found in hippocampus and it prevents the nerve cells from firing and also restrains the activities of the neuron that takes place in the central nervous system. The brain metabolism allows GABA to induce tranquility and calmness. GABA induces relaxation and sleep. It is helpful in meditation and other muscular activities as well, besides, taking heed of anxiety, stress and many such major mental blocks.

Given below is a chart recommended by Dr.Braverman, stating foods containing a high level of glutamine.

GABA Nutrition – Foods List

  • Tree nuts
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Oats
  • Whole grains
  • Spinach
  • Lentils
  • Citrus fruits, oranges
  • Brown rice

Besides, oily fish such as mackerel and salmon are very essential for the proper functioning of the brain. It lifts us from state of depression. Veggies can go for tree nuts, walnuts, and cashew and flax seed. Others include chicken, lamb, beans, seeds etc.

GABA fermented Soya beans are also a highly nutritious and rich in GABA. It helps in depressing the elevating mode of blood pressure. It has a potent anti oxidant property and helps in fighting chronic diseases like cancer and cardiac disorders. It also fights aging.

Chocolates are known to be comfort food and at times trigger the happy hormones (endorphins) and reduce depression. Chocolates also contain caffeine, magnesium and phenylethylamine, which lift spirits.

Peas are rich in Thiamin (vitamin B1), which is a potent mood influencer.

Brazil nuts are full of selenium, a mineral that we’ve never really thought or heard of, and it gives good feeling and reduces stress.3 to 4 of these nuts a day can do away with depression and put you back to work.

Oats are sedatives, should be taken late night, as a snack may be, as a hot porridge for a good sleep.

Citrus fruits like orange, banana, apple and apricot contains potassium which is highly essential for strengthening our muscles and nerves and is a great anti oxidant as well.

A combination of these GABA friendly foods can keep you healthy for life.

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  1. vanessa vos

    would ataxia (shrinking of the cerobelum?) be deficient of gaba. my mother died of ataxia, what can i supplement with just in case. I am highly nervous person especially driving in a car on the highway – please advise.


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