Everyday stress is a normal part of modern living. Job pressures; family arguments; financial pressures; traffic, and time management are just a few of the “stressors” we are faced with on a daily basis. For some people, the stress can be overwhelming leading to feelings of anxiety and insomnia. Fortunately, there is a safe and effective natural remedy that is quickly emerging in popularity in North America.
PharmaGABA: Natural promotion of a relaxed state
GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is a natural calming and anti-epileptic agent in the brain. In fact, it is one of the brain’s most important regulators of proper function and neurotransmitter. It appears that many people with anxiety, insomnia, epilepsy, and other brain disorders do not manufacture sufficient levels of GABA. Many popular drugs such as Valium, Neurontin, baclofen, and Valproate act by increasing the effects of GABA within the brain. However, while these drugs have numerous side effects and are highly addictive drugs not suitable for long-term use, GABA in the right form is completely safe and remarkably effective without side effects.
Studies with synthetic GABA have shown that it is not clinically effective. It may not be able to bind to receptor sites like natural GABA due to minor differences in shape. The clinically proven form of GABA is a natural form known as PharmaGABA. It is produced with the help of a bacteria, Lactobacillus hilgardii, that is also used to ferment vegetables in the preparation of the traditional Korean dish known as kimchi. The bacteria is fed a nutrient-rich broth to produce and the PharmaGABA and it is then filtered out and concentrated.
PharmaGABA is clinically proven
PharmaGABA has been shown to increase the production of alpha brain waves (a state often achieved by meditation and characterized by being relaxed with greater mental focus and mental alertness) as well as reduce beta-waves (associated with nervousness, scattered thoughts, and hyperactivity).
Clinical studies with PharmaGABA have yielded some very interesting results. For example, one study had subjects who were afraid of heights transverse a long walking suspension bridge that spanned a 150 foot canyon. Halfway across the bridge a saliva sample was obtained and blood pressure was determined. What the researchers were looking for in the saliva was the level of secretory IgA – an important antibody in saliva that helps fight infection. Typically, during times of stress saliva levels drop, sometimes quite precipitously. This event happened when the subjects were given a placebo, but when they were given PharmaGABA the secretory IgA levels in the saliva were maintained halfway across the bridge and actually increased upon completion of the crossing.
Another study with PharmaGABA demonstrated an impressive ability to improve sleep quality. The ability to feel refreshed and ready to tackle the day requires us to achieve deep levels of sleep and to stay in this deep sleep for sufficient time. Unfortunately, many people do not achieve these deep levels of sleep and conventional sleeping pills actually inhibit deep levels of sleep and disrupt normal sleep patterns causing people to wake up feeling more tired when they went to bed. That is definitely not the case with PharmaGABA.
PharmaGABA for Kids
A very interesting study was conducted in Japan by researchers from the Kyorin University Medical School that involved 60 sixth graders. The students were divided into two groups and received either 100 mg of PharmaGABA or a placebo. The students then took a math test and were also evaluated for signs and feelings of stress. The results were quite dramatic. The average number of answers answered by the PharmaGABA group was 20% higher than the placebo group and the number answered correctly also increased by 20%. These results indicate that PharmaGABA helped the kids not only think faster, but also get more answers right.
The study also looked at some important markers of stress. These markers included measuring the amount of a stress related hormone in the saliva as well as how much anxiety the children were experiencing during the study. Both subjective and objective measures of stress indicated the PharmaGABA group were considerably more relaxed and focused compared to the placebo group.
The implications are that PharmaGABA might be able to help with some of the issues with attention deficit disorder (ADD). Typically these kids have sleep issues, feel stressed, and cannot focus. PharmaGABA positively impacts all of these areas and may offer some benefit to kids with ADD showing challenges in these areas.
PharmaGABA Builds Muscle
There is evidence that PharmaGABA may increase growth hormone (GH) secretion in response to weight lifting exercise. Since GH is an important regulator of body composition including muscle protein synthesis, GABA may enhance the muscle building effects of protein ingestion after weight lifting exercise. To test this hypothesis in a double-blind clinical trial conducted in Japan, 26 healthy male volunteers were divided into two groups: whey protein 10 g/day (WP group), or whey protein 10 g/day + GABA 100 mg/day (WP+G) group. After 12 weeks, change in whole body lean mass was significantly higher in WP+G group compared to that in WP group. The difference in whole body lean mass in the WP+G compared to WP alone is substantial.
The study also looked at resting GH levels throughout the study and results confirmed a positive effect with PharmaGABA on GH levels. At the 4 week checkup the GH concentation in the WP+G was 689 compared to 387 in the WP group. These results have significant ramifications for not just athletes trying to maximize performance, but also aging baby boomers seeking to preserve or perhaps even build muscle mass.
PharmaGABA can be used whenever someone feels a bit “stressed out.” For best results use it in a chewable tablet form at dosage of 100 to 200 mg. To promote a better night’s sleep take 200 to 300 mg at bedtime. PharmaGABA is completely safe and without any known adverse drug interaction, as a general guideline it is recommended to take no more than 600 mg within a 6 hour period and no more than 1,200 mg within a 24 hour period. There is just no reason to take anymore than this amount.