I am always finding ways to bring about more understanding of my neurological symptoms, to find an explanation for the things I deal with daily.
When there’s something I can’t control, like being late for an appointment, or working through an issue that’s not easily resolved, it’s easy for me to feel anxious and panicky. Because I have Cerebral Palsy and the Central Nervous System is affected I struggle with both of these issues.
I have been reading about an amino acid that’s job is to regulate the body’s nervous system, which relaxes us when we’re anxious or stressed by inhibiting nerve transmission, called Gamma-amino butyric acid (“GABA”). GABA inhibits neurotransmitters, meaning that it blocks nerve impulses, which the body may not be able to produce naturally, due to the brain damage sustained.
So GABA has a calming or quieting influence. Without GABA, nerve cells can fire too often and too easily. Unfortunately, anxiety disorders such as panic attacks, and numerous other conditions including Parkinson’s and cognitive impairment are all related to low GABA activity.
Doctors are now looking at natural GABA substitutes, in an attempt to help those people who deal with low GABA. Trials show that there are numerous natural substances that can have a positive effect on GABA. For example, Valerian Root has a long history of use as a tranquilizer and works by increasing the effect of GABA on its receptors.
American Ginseng similarly acts on the GABA receptors and has a positive effect. Extracts of green tea, black tea and coffee bring about a positive GABA response in test models and helps reduce anxiety and panicky symptom.
So for those of us who have low GABA due to specific conditions, perhaps the above alternative suggestions are where the answer lies.