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GABA and Seizures

Seizures are tough to deal with and my heart goes out to anyone who has them or knows someone who does.  I was doing research on the natural supplement GABA and was delighted to find that it might benefit those with seizures.  GABA is a neurotransmitter found in the brain and nervous system.  It is known as an "inhibitory" neurotransmitter in that it tends to reduce excessive nerve activity.  As a result, it has been found to be helpful for stress, anxiety, and insomnia.  I came across two bits of research suggesting a potential role for GABA in those with seizures.  First, this study suggests that seizures may be preceded by a decline of GABA production and release.  Second, this publication suggests that "several animal and clinical studies have examined the effect of a combination of GABA and phosphatidylserine in the treatment of seizures" (Alternative Medicine Review, Volume 12, Number 3, 2007); one pilot study, in particular, reflected a reduction in "absence seizures" on a specific dosage of GABA and phosphatidylserine.  There are natural and synthetic forms of GABA available over the counter.  Of course, check with your physician before deciding to take GABA if you have any medical condition, particularly seizures.
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