Amino acids are the name of the game when it comes to our endocrine system. Our glands scarf them down with abandon. Along with vitamins and minerals, aminos are their nourishment.
There are a slew of amino acids, each with many different functions. We’re talking a mind-boggling array of appointed rounds. And as if that weren’t daunting enough, they combine and form peptides, which have additional functions.
But today I just want to talk about one, GABA, or gamma-aminobutyric acid.
GABA, created and stored in our pituitary gland, encourages our production of growth hormone. And it calms the storms by treating stress and anxiety. It helps you sleep soundly. It helps with muscle problems such as MS, ataxia, etc. Lowers blood pressure, too. It also helps brain function as you age.
And it has a big impact on endocrine function, with a major input into how the pituitary directs our thyroid and adrenal glands, and the production of estrogen and testosterone.
See what I mean by “mind-boggling array of appointed rounds?” And I haven’t even covered all that GABA does!
Some scientists believe we’ll eventually learn how to use GABA to address pituitary gland malfunctions. And speaking as one diagnosed with panhypopituitarism, what a blessing that would be! I might be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.
But don’t give it to children. Rather than calm them, it can make them hyper. (Another amino, taurine, can be considered, but that’s another topic for another day.)
There seems to be some evidence that GABA lowers your TSH score, which may come as good news or bad. Nothing’s out there about whether that affects thyroid function or not, though, just the TSH test results.
GABA needs good nutrition for best results. Giving your body the benefit of a complete vitamin/mineral program, which benefits from nutritional synergies, would be far better than just cherry-picking certain ingredients. But, at a minimum, take a good multi vitamin/mineral, B complex and magnesium.
People who deal with stress and anxiety might think about taking 750mg of GABA as needed through the day. Source Naturals offers free-form (important consideration) GABA capsules. Dr. Robert Atkins recommends taking no more than four grams (4000 mg) a day.
Those struggling with insomnia could consider taking a capsule before bed.
I have no connection with Source Naturals, but they have a good reputation, the best type of GABA (free form) and sell it at a reasonable price.