Shout out to the Nickelodeon show, but we’re not talking about friendly monsters. Instead, we’re talking about GABA, aka Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid, which is an amino acid occurring naturally in humans.
A key role for GABA is to calm the brain by inhibiting neurotransmissions. When we are anxious or stressed, our brains may become overactive and send an overload of signals to our central nervous systems. But when GABA effectively regulates these signals, it can provide multiple positive effects, including increased relaxation, lower anxiety and stress, and better sleep.
In addition to our body’s natural production, fermented foods like tempeh, yogurt, and kimchi may directly contain GABA. These fermented foods may also positively impact gut bacteria and our microbiomes.
Natural foods believed to assist with GABA production include lentils, walnuts, spinach, and whole grains. Supplements believed to assist with GABA production include Magnesium, Passionflower, and L-Theanine, all of which are included in Crux Relax.
Lifestyle activities may also increase GABA, such as exercise, yoga, and meditation.
In summary, GABA is a naturally occurring element in our bodies that plays an immense role in our physical and mental well-being. While scientists are constantly learning about GABA and more research is needed, look for ways to increase your GABA production to see benefits with issues like anxiety, stress, relaxation, and sleep.
* Note that this article is not medical advice. Always talk to a medical professional about health matters.