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Roles of GABA in the Body

Roles of GABA in the Body

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 GABA, short for gamma-aminobutyric acid, is one of the most important neurotransmitters in the brain. It is primarily known as the inhibitory neurotransmitter that is used to treat anxiety and other similar conditions. What are the roles of GABA in the human body?

The aforementioned role in neutralizing neuronal activity is based on the amino acid’s ability to bind to specific receptors in the cells to lessen the rate of the firing of signals of the nerve cells to and from each other. This helps when the neurons are firing too rapidly, such as in cases of anxiety or schizophrenia, and the individual gets restless, stressed and agitated. This provides a relaxing effect to individuals affected with this kind of condition. GABA is also used to treat seizures and convulsions.

Scientists have also studied GABA for its effect in lowering blood pressure. High blood pressure is known to be a manifestation of problems with the heart, blood vessels or other organs. The veins and arteries contain smooth muscles that contract to make sure that the blood pumped by the heart reaches the distant cells and tissues. When the neurons are too excited, the blood vessels contract in response making the heart work harder to push the blood into the smaller passageways of the blood vessels. By applying its relaxing properties on the blood vessels, GABA helps neutralize high blood pressure.


It has also been discovered and documented that GABA supplements can increase the production of the human growth hormone since it stimulates the anterior pituitary gland. Experiments on mice have suggested that GABA may also have an effect on human metabolism that can help with weight gain and obesity. In addition to its relaxing property, GABA also assists with the production of sex hormones and endorphins, which are known as the happy hormones.

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