Are you aware that GABA alleviates anxiety caused by phthalates, found in plastics and fragrances? I share more about this in one of the registration gifts for the Anxiety Summit 6: Toxins/Meds/Infections: Top 10 Surprising Nutrients for Toxin Support and Anxiety Relief eGuide
GABA, the calming amino acid is one of my favorite amino acids, personally and with my anxious clients.
ANXIETY: GABA supplementation eases physical anxiety and tension
Low levels of GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid), an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the body and brain, is well documented in anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety, panic and post-traumatic stress disorder/PTSD.
GABA is also an amino acid that is calming when used as a supplement. It eases anxiety, physical tension and worry, and induces relaxation. In one study it was reported to work effectively within 1 hour, also allowing better focus and concentration. It also enhanced immunity under stressful conditions such as when crossing a suspension bridge. A significant increase in salivary IgA (immunoglobulin A) was observed 90 minutes after GABA intake.
Clinically, I have found GABA to be most effective for easing anxiety when used sublingually (you’ve heard me say this many times).
TOXIN: GABA supplementation alleviates phthalate-induced anxiety
What may be surprising, is the role toxins such phthalates play in anxiety and how GABA may actually offer some protection. Phthalates are chemicals that make plastics soft and are also found in personal care products as fragrances.
Recent research shows that high levels of urinary phthalates have been found to be associated with an increase in anxiety, depression and stress in Chinese university students.
In a recent animal study, Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate/DEHP, one of the most widely used phthalate esters, was shown to cause anxiety. The study concludes that the anxiety effects caused by phthalates could be alleviated by GABA supplementation.
As you may know I use GABA all the time with my anxious clients and having dug into the research for this summit, I am fascinated by how protective it is against toxins too. You’ll learn about this and how GABA also supports immunity in many of the summit interviews.
====> Get The Top 10 Surprising Nutrients for Toxin Support and Anxiety Relief eGuide (it includes all the references and a mini cross-reference to certain summit interviews)
Some questions for you?
- Do you have any guesses as to what the other 9 nutrients/herbs are? (no peeking until you have your list!)
- What are your favorites for both anxiety and protection against toxins?
- Any guesses what the herb is on the cover? And are you aware it helps with detox AND also anxiety? (I’ll share more about this one in another email)
You’ve heard me say the Anxiety Summit has been called “a bouquet of hope!” My wish for you is that this summit is your bouquet of hope!
I hope you’ll join me and these incredible speakers, be enlightened and find YOUR solutions! When you download the eGuide you’ll get automatic access to the summit.