According to Stats Canada and The Canadian Mental Health Association, stress levels are on the rise in Canada. This amino acid supplements and influences the production of neurotransmitters in the brain to induce a state of relaxation.
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a major neurotransmitter widely distributed throughout the CNS. Because too much excitation can lead to irritability, restlessness, insomnia, seizures, and movement disorders, it must be balanced with inhibition. GABA – the most important inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain – provides this inhibition, acting like a “brake” during times of runaway stress. Medications for anxiety, such as benzodiazepines, stimulate GABA receptors and induce relaxation. Either low GABA levels or decreased GABA
function in the brain is associated with several psychiatric and neurological disorders, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, and epilepsy. Studies indicate GABA can improve relaxation and enhance sleep, thus positively contributing to the maintenance of good health.
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