What Is GABA
GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid) is a neurotransmitter that is essential for your brain metabolism as well as muscle tone regulation. There is actually not a lot of research that has explored the connection between GABA and HGH (human growth hormone). However, the research that has taken place looking at the connection between GABA and HGH has shown GABA has the ability to stimulate the release of HGH.
These studies show a slight elevation in HGH when GABA is either injected or taken orally. As a result the majority of researchers have concluded that the effects are minimal, and that a great deal more research is necessary before for a definitive conclusion can be made. Still, even without the scientific body confirming the connection between GABA and HGH, several body builders along with others who want to increase their levels of HGH, are willing to accept the current research that links GABA and HGH, so they take a GABA supplement along with their HGH.
HGH is an necessary hormone that is released by the pituitary gland in the brain. It plays a vital role in the growth of bone and muscle. Generally, HGH is released during puberty and during times of rapid body growth. It is also released in response to exercise and slow wave sleep.
There has been research showing GABA, which is a neurotransmitter that is essential for brain metabolism and proper synaptic functioning, can be taken orally or as an injection to help release HGH, thus making it very beneficial when taken along side HGH. It is important to note that while this research does make its rounds through the anti-aging and bodybuilding communities, it is inconclusive and does not provide a solid foundation to make recommendations on.
GABA naturally stimulates the pituitary gland, which is the main gland that secretes HGH; therefore, it is assumed that there is a connection between GABA and HGH. While to some extent this is true sublingual or injectable GABA may be utilized by the body in a much different way than GABA that is naturally occurring, and it may not have the same effects on the pituitary gland.
One study has shown that, depending on the individual’s physiology, injectable GABA may have either have a stimulatory or inhibitory affect on the secretion of HGH, making it highly debatable as to whether it is a suitable supplement to use when focusing on an increase in HGH levels. Another study shows that oral supplements can increase both GABA and HGH. However, it is rare to find duplicate studies and this one study does not provide consistent results that are conclusive.
Since there are studies that link GABA and HGH as having a natural effect on the pituitary gland, supplementing with GABA may be a better option than letting the neurotransmitter be produced on its own. If you wish to wait until further research is available, you might choose a supplement like Genf20 Plus, Sytropin, Genfx, Provacyl, GHR1000 and Hypergh 14x that contains other amino acids such as ornithine and/or arginine, which have been proven to be reliable supplements to aid in the release of HGH. Also, adequate exercise, a healthy diet, and a good nights slee help to increase the production of HGH in many individuals. You should avoid sugar and all refined carbohydrates to ensure your natural HGH is distributed properly.