A Lack of GABA Associated with Delusion and Poor Cognitive Function
Monday, April 05, 2010
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist Byron J. Richards,
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GABA and glycine are the primary relaxing neurotransmitters in your brain. A new study with schizophrenia patients if the first to show that a lack of GABA1 is a common problem and associated with perception malfunction. Previously, GABA has been implicated in animal models of schizophrenia and post-mortem analysis in the brains of schizophrenic patients.
Schizophrenia is another problem of dopamine malfunction and extreme hyperactivity leading to hallucinations. Dopamine is an activating neurotransmitter. In health it is a large part of your motivation and drive. Your nerve need balance and brakes, so as to have a resting platform upon which to stand and to tolerate the demands and stressors in your life. When you run low on GABA you will be prone to anxiety and sleep problems. This study shows that adequate GABA is needed to keep dopamine functioning normally.
There is an ever-expanding number of Americans, especially young adults, who are sitting on the edge of psychosis/schizophrenia. They often have a history of drug or alcohol abuse, impaired cognitive function, depression, sleep problems – all of which combine to produce a lack of motivation. Under stress and challenge this frailty in nerve function can develop into a more serious problem wherein parts of the brain begin to disassociate from normal function resulting in hearing voices or visual illusions/hallucinations. There are sliding scales of this problem.
Potentiating GABA function, which is done with nutrients like taurine and theanine, is an excellent way to support natural GABA production. DHA Docosahexaenoic acid Essential omega 3 fatty acid integral to the health of all cell membranes, nerve and brain function. Must be gotten through the diet via cold water oceanic fish or some very limited plant sources or taken as a supplement. has recently been shown to be very effective at preventing young adults from sliding further into this hole. DHA Docosahexaenoic acid Essential omega 3 fatty acid integral to the health of all cell membranes, nerve and brain function. Must be gotten through the diet via cold water oceanic fish or some very limited plant sources or taken as a supplement. helps any brain cell function better, including those involved with dopamine and GABA transmission. Individuals on the edge need help managing their life stressors and implementing long-term solutions for their life. As nutritional status improves along with a better life foundation a painful future can be avoided and the potential for high quality life can be restored.
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