Gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA, is a non-protein amino acid that functions as a neurotransmitter in the human body. GABA can produce a calming and even sleep-inducing effect on your body by bonding with receptors in your brain and slowing the rate your nerves fire at.
There is very little research available regarding consuming GABA in your diet. The foods highest in GABA content are oily fish, such as salmon and mackerel, especially mackerel. GABA is not a required nutrient because your body naturally produces it in the amounts you need.
Dr. Eric Braverman, an authority on brain chemistry and author of the book, The Edge Effect: Achieve Total Health and Longevity with the Balanced Brain Advantage, explains, “The more GABA-producing foods you eat, the more you will be able to create.” Dr. Braverman lists the following foods, which don’t contain GABA but they contain glutamate or glutamic acid, which forms glutamine in your body and is a precursor to GABA. The list is basically in descending order of how much you get from a typical portion [the underlined items fit best with the Health-e-Solutions lifestyle]:
- Tree nuts
- Beef Liver
- Brown Rice
- Oats, whole grain
- Oranges, citrus fruits
- Rice bran
- Whole wheat, whole grains.
Other nutrients can affect how well your body synthesizes GABA:
- The primary form of vitamin B-6 that you consume in your diet functions as a precursor to many neurotransmitters, including GABA. Take in this nutrient daily in foods from the list above.
- L-Glutamine – This is a fantastic amino acid and is the most abundant in the muscle and blood plasma. It makes up an astounding 61% of your muscle tissue. It’s one of the most studied amino acids and it has numerous benefits, but for our purposes here it will increase your GABA levels.
Health-e-Solutions comment: It appears that the Health-e-Solutions lifestyle can provide you with plenty of the foods that contain GABA precursors. These precursors provide what your body requires to produce the GABA it needs.