In fact, as a neurotransmitter, Gaba has an anxiety-relieving and calming effect and is sometimes used as an additional treatment, especially for mild anxiety, instead of strong, mind-altering psychotropic drugs. Nonetheless, in the case of anxiety, just like in the case of depression, a specialist's recommendations are indispensable.
Especially in short-term, acute anxiety and stressful situations, calming down the organism with Gaba or similar can be helpful. But current and chronic anxiety and panic disorders have massive effects on all areas of life, and the causes are diverse. Therefore, the treatment, whether medicinal or therapeutic, must be accompanied by a doctor.
What do you have to consider with the Gaba dosage?
Among other things, Gaba is used for the following symptoms:
- anxiety and panic
- states of exhaustion (burn-out)
- mood swings (e.g. PMS)
- trouble sleeping
- inner unrest
The Gaba recommended intake varies depending on the intended use and should be discussed with the treating physician in case of doubt. Every person has individual neurochemistry, so the recommendations are only the guidelines.
In general, the following recommendations apply:
- Always start with the lowest possible doses to evaluate the individual reactions
- Gaba should be taken on an empty stomach
- Gaba for relaxation: 1 to 2 doses of 500mg per day
- Gaba dose for sleep: 1 dose of 500mg, approx. 30 minutes just before going to bed
- Gaba for panic attacks: if necessary, several small doses a day
are easy to use, especially on the go. These mostly contain 500mg GABA and are particularly recommended for first-time users, as the Gaba dose in capsules and tablets is always constant.
can be dosed up to 1000mg per serving or as required. However, it is more recommended for experienced users.
Since Gaba should calm down and support sleep, high doses of Gaba should only be taken before going to bed, and neither when driving or doing other intensive activities.
Is a Gaba overdose dangerous?
When taking Gaba, as with all nootropics, you should start with the lowest possible dose to be able to assess the body's reactions. The maximum dose should not exceed 1000 mg per day.
An overdose of Gaba can also have the exact opposite effect of what you want to achieve or combat - i.e. restlessness, sleep problems or anxiety attacks. In the event of a Gaba overdose, reddening of the skin, tingling sensations or slight numbness in the arms and legs have been reported. When in doubt: seek medical help.
In particular, users who are already taking other prescription drugs or psychotropic drugs should consult their doctor in advance. Ultimately, an overdose of supplements containing Gaba can have undesirable effects on neurochemistry in the brain.
Further information and experiences with Gaba are also available on our blog: Gaba side effects.
What are the symptoms of a Gaba deficiency?
Gaba is a neurotransmitter that occurs naturally in the body.
There are many reasons for a Gaba deficiency - unbalanced diet, an imbalance in brain chemistry, neurological diseases and much more. It can, for example, lead to our nerve cells being permanently excited and no longer able to rest. If the Gaba level is too low, it can be compensated with certain foods or supplements.
Typical symptoms of GABA deficiency include:
- Panic attacks or anxiety
- Difficulty concentrating
- Inner unrest
- Changing mood
- Headache and muscle pain
- Problems with sleep
- Mood swings
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