Inside the brain are billions of neurons that are connected by messengers that transmit electrical impulses from one cell to another, allowing communication and thought to occur in the brain. A neurotransmitter, (NT) is the chemical messenger used by these neurons to communicate with other neurons.
There are two basic kinds of NTs in our central nervous system: excitatory, aka -- catecholamines and inhibitory NTs. Excitatory NTs are involved in our sympathetic response; commonly known as our “fight or flight” mechanism. These primary NTs include: epinephrine, or the more familiar term adrenaline, norepinephrine or noradrenaline, dopamine, histamine, and glutamate. Our inhibitory NTs are involved in our parasympathetic response; better known as our “rest and digest” mechanism. The inhibitory NTs are serotonin and GABA. These are our feel-good NTs that down-regulate our “fight or flight” response.
What Is GABA and What Does It Do?
When these NTs are imbalanced or depleted, it may cause you to be easily agitated or angered, tension, over-arousal, fear, stress, aggressive behaviors, violent impulses, obsessive compulsive actions and thoughts, anxiety and sleep disturbances. In this conversation I’m going to talk about GABA, which stands for gamma-Aminobutyric acid. GABA not only plays the principal role of down regulating our catecholamines but Regulates muscle relaxation.I think we could all use a little more of our feel-good NT, GABA, now a days. So, if you have symptoms of agitation, nervousness or anxiousness, difficulty falling or staying asleep, or muscle tension the simple answer is to supplement with GABA right? But here’s the catch! The primary enzyme that creates GABA is called GAD, and many folkspossess a genetic mutation of GAD. A genetic weakness in the GAD enzyme may cause GABA to convert toglutamate. Remember, glutamateis on our list of the primary excitatory neurotransmitters. So now with that GAD mutation our feel-good NT is doing just the opposite, causing a relative deficiency of GABA and an increase in glutamate. This imbalance creates an overly stimulated nervous system.
Choose GAD Support!
So, what to do? Here’s where the supplement GAD Support comes in. GAD Support was created to assist patients with that GAD mutation, who have difficulty producing adequate amounts of GABA. GAD Support has a low dose of Phenibut(beta-phenyl-gamma-aminobutyric acid). Phenibut is a special kind of GABA, which acts as a GABA-mimetic, in other words it mimics GABA. The Phenyl group on the molecule prevents it from converting to glutamate. “Phenibut molecule can be thought of as a ‘key’ to unlock ‘locks’ in the brain called GABA-receptors”. GAD Support also includes: NAC, glycine, zinc and magnesium -- all designed to help with relaxation and metabolize GABA.