Aminobutyric acid is popularly known as gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). It is a vital neurotransmitting chemical in the brain that assists in the regulation of brain cell communication by hindering or decreasing neuron activity.
American Integrative Pharmacy (AIP), led by the cordial Dr. Neema Yazdanpanah, provides compounding medications to patients in Long Beach , Torrance, Los Angeles, South Bay Orange County, Southern California areas, and nationwide.
Aminobutyric acid plays an important part in stress response, cognition, and behavior acting as the main neurotransmitter. Aminobutyric acid has many uses including:
- Combats anxiety
- Regulates moods
- Helps in the treatment of ADHD
- Addresses symptoms of PMS
- Stabilizes blood pressure
- Relieves pain and more
GABA impedes nerve transmission in the brain. This calms nervous activity. It is widely sold as a supplement for its neurotransmitter characteristics. It is promoted as a natural tranquilizer.
The nervous system comprises of specific nerve cells known as neurons. They act as the body’s wiring. The neuron transmits nerve signals along its length as an electrical impulse. Upon reaching the end of a neuron, a nerve impulse can jump across to the next cell via messengers known as neurotransmitters.
The central nervous system comprises of the spinal cord and brain. Here neurotransmitters pass between neurons. Furthermore, the peripheral nervous system consists of nerves running from the central nervous system to all parts of the body. In the peripheral nervous system, chemical signals travel from a neuron to an adjacent gland cell or muscle.
Small sacs containing neurotransmitters are stored at the end of every neuron. A nerve impulse that reaches the end of a cell prompts these sacs to discard these neurotransmitters into the gaps that separate each nerve cell. These spaces between nerve cells are known as synapses.
GABA’s Function in the Brain
GABA is made from glutamate in brain cells. It operates as an inhibitory neurotransmitter. This means that it obstructs nerve impulses. Glutamate functions as an excitatory neurotransmitter. When it is connected to adjacent cells, it stimulates them to “fire” and send out a nerve impulse. GABA operates oppositely. It tells the adjacent cells do not “fire,” or to hinder an impulse.
In the absence of GABA, nerve cells fire easily and frequently. Low GABA activity has been known to cause seizure disorders, panic attacks, addiction, Parkinson’s syndrome, headaches, cognitive impairment, and Parkinson’s syndrome. GABA obstructs the transmitting of nerve impulses between neurons. This allows it to create a quieting or calming influence.
A simple way to understand the effectiveness of this medication is by looking at the function of caffeine. Caffeine hampers the release of GABA. Lesser GABA translates into more nerve transmissions. Remember what excess of coffee makes you feel. That is the feeling of glutamate in the absence of sufficient GABA.
The physician will prescribe this medication in controlled doses according to the specific needs of a patient. American Integrative Pharmacy receives patients from Long Beach , Torrance, Los Angeles, South Bay Orange County, Southern California areas, and nationwide for compounded medications.
American Integrative Pharmacy is located in Lomita, CA serving residents in and around Orange County, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Torrance and surrounding areas. Online prescription sales are available across the US.