Gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA for short, is a naturally occurring amino acid that works as a chemical neurotransmitter in your brain. GABA blocks certain signals in the brain, decreasing activity, which as a result produces a calming effect. This can help with anxiety and stress, both contributors to sleeplessness. A study conducted in 2018 showed supplemental GABA improved sleep quality, and without the adverse effects associated with prescribed sleep medications. (1)
Medicinal plants high in GABA include chamomile flowers, feverfew, linden flowers, and passionflower.
In addition, GABA studies have been conducted in regard to how this amino acid affects the gastrointestinal system, or “gut.” Gut flora is crucial in keeping the immune system functioning properly and communicating with the brain. Philip Strandwitz and his colleagues at Northeastern University Boston reported in 2016:
“Bacteria have been discovered in our guts that depend on one of our brain chemicals for survival. These bacteria consume GABA, a molecule crucial for calming the brain, and the fact that they gobble it up could help explain why the gut microbiome seems to affect mood… GABA acts by inhibiting signals from nerve cells, calming down the activity of the brain, so it’s surprising to learn that a gut bacterium needs it to grow and reproduce. Having abnormally low levels of GABA are linked to depression and mood disorders, and this finding adds to growing evidence that our gut bacteria may affect our brains.” (2)
Wow! Research and studies of this significant amino acid and its health benefits in treating insomnia, anxiety, and depression continue. With GABA level’s being linked to better sleep, Murphy’s Natural Hemp has combined the perfect mix of compounds that will assist you in getting a good night’s sleep, CBD/Curcumin, Melatonin, 5-HTP, and GABA. In addition, because of the water-soluble properties of Murphy’s Natural Hemp Sleep Aid, lower dosages of the tincture will provide the same effects as products that are not water-based. This video illustrates the stark contrast between our water-based tinctures and other oil-based or water-soluble CBD products on the market. Murphy’s Natural Hemp is clearly the better choice!
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