DECEMBER 2011 RICHIE DONOVAN & TAYLOR SCHUWEILER
WHAT ARE NEUROTRANSMITTERS? Neurotransmitters are chemicals in that communicate information throughout the brain and body. Neurotransmitters are in both the Central Nervous System and the Peripheral Nervous System. They relay signals between nerve cells which are called neurons. When a nerve impulse is sent down the axon of a neuron and reaches the synaptic end bulbs, where the neurotransmitters are stored in small sacs, a neurotransmitter is released. It is sent across the synapse to communicate with another neuron. Neurotransmitters control everything from the beating of your heart to your mood.
GAMMA AMINOBUTRYIC ACIC
What does gaba do? GABA, or GammaAminobutyric Acid, is an inhibitory neurotransmitter. It inhibits nerve transmission which calms nervous activity. GABA is the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. It helps filter out irrelevant impulses from excitatory neurotransmitters like glutamate that lead to anxiety. GABA can be thought of as the brakes of neurotransmitters. In a
situation where there is a lot of excitatory neurotransmitter activity, the brain responds by increasing GABA. Without GABA, nerve cells fire too often and too easily. GABA hinders the transmission of nerve impulses from one neuron to another. It has a calming or quieting influence. It can also help promote relaxation and moderate occasional stress.
INTERESTING FACTS • GABA is one of the most abundant neurotransmitter in the Central Nervous System.
• GABA was discovered by Eugene Roberts and J. Awapara in 1950.
• There are currently no known safety concerns about GABA supplements.
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Benefits of gaba People with anxiety disorders often take GABA supplements to help control their anxiety attacks. Some drugs that increase the level of GABA in the brain are also used to treat epilepsy and to calm the trembling of people suffering from Huntingtonâ€™s disease. Elevating mood,
relieving Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), treating ADHD, promoting lean muscle growth, burning fat, stabilizing blood pressure, and relieving pain
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NOT ENOUGH GABA? If there is too little GABA in your brain, its like drinking a lot coffee and the effects of too much caffeine because there is an excess of glutamate. Another way to think about it: If you don't have enough GABA, your brain is going to be like the car speeding toward a curve with worn out brakes.