Do you suffer from anxiety? All of us suffer from anxiety from time to time do to work or family stress, deadlines and unexpected financial burdens, but chronic anxiety can lower your quality of life and affect your immune system. One reason you may experience anxiety is your natural inability to produce gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) a chemical that is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that regulates and maintains the balance between your body and its state of excitation. Without enough GABA you will be contently tense, your heart and mind would continually race and your overall ability to function would be impaired. GABA can help you relax enough to get to sleep, reduce muscle tension and relieve stress, anxiety, depression while supporting an overall well being. Not only that, but it will make it easier to lose weight and enhance the body's muscle mass.
If you are experiencing anxiety symptoms, hypertension, fast heart palpitations or headaches you may consider taking a GABA supplement verses a prescription medication to avoid unwanted side effects. L-theanine is a natural amino acid found in green tea that can aid the formation of GABA by creating a calming effect without causing drowsiness. L-theanine can relieve your body's excitation and induce relaxation, analgesia and sleep while overcoming anxiety. L-theanine is available online, at your local health food store of pharmacy. It comes in capsule form or as a tea. It is recommended to consult with your doctor before taking any supplements especially if you are on other medications to avoid a drug interaction. Your doctor can determine your neurotransmitter levels by testing either your urine or saliva. He can also inform you of the proper dosage for your unique situation. Try to avoid taking a prescription anti-anxiety medication like Valium as they have side effects and are habit-forming. Valium is known to cause birth defects in unborn babies and can pass into the breast milk, cause breathing problems, hives, chest pain, hallucinations and even unconsciousness.
Many researchers find that L-theanine in green tea with its high caffeine levels is contradictory to produce a calming effect as it is also known to reduce the side effects of caffeine. Should you drink decaffeinated green tea as an alternative? UCLA Center for Human Nutrition found that decaffeinated tea only contains one third of the active antioxidants or catechins found in caffeinated tea. Catechins also make tea taste better. If you like to have a cup of tea as a part of your nightly routine make sure your green tea is full of antioxidants and L-theanine. If you worry about getting up during the night to go to the bathroom you can take a GABA supplement as a natural safe alternative to overcome your anxiety.
The information in this article is not intended to provide personal medical advice, which should be obtained from a medical professional, and has not been approved by the U.S. FDA.