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GABA: The Natural Alternative to Benzodizepines

For many in today’s economy, life in the United States is synonymous with stress. With an ever increasing number of stress factors, Americans find themselves dependent on prescription drugs to find relief from this growing epidemic. However, those prescription drugs (a class known as benzodiazepines) are not only expensive, but possess a long list of undesired, and often dangerous, side effects and deadly toxicity.

These side effects range from mild (changes in appetite) to severe (suicidal thoughts and death). Xanax (the #1 prescribed benzodiazepine) is fourth in the line of most deaths attributed to overdose. The top four are cocaine, methadone, and oxycodone type-drugs such as Oxycontin, Xanax comes in fourth place. Xanax has such a high rate of death associated with overdose because the body builds a tolerance towards it, and when this happens people take more to compensate. In turn, they once again become tolerant to this increase dosage and again up their dosages. This continues until a fatal overdose results.

Along with the extensive list of side effects is benzodiazepines risk of addiction, which can lead to tolerance, which can eventually lead to overdose. But what can be done? Stress is taking over your life. Stress is tearing your family apart. You risk losing your job. Your children no longer know who you are. Life seems empty. You feel as though you can’t go on. What can you do? The answer is simple, GABA.

What is GABA and what can it do for you? GABA or gamma-Aminobutyric acid is the natural alternative to benzodiazepines. GABA is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in the mammalian central nervous system. It regulates anxiety, muscle spasms, depression, and chronic stress. GABA receptors are located throughout the human body. GABA depletion can result from a number of factors including, but not limited to: pain, fear, anxiety, grief, anger, and panic. GABA depletion can lead to chronic pain, illness, panic attacks, crying, back pain, rapid heartbeat, insomnia, neck pain, difficulty breathing, headaches, suicidal thoughts, and death.

Supplementing with GABA can reduce your anxiety and instill a sense of calm, thereby improving your quality of life without the dangerous side effects and risk of addiction associated with traditional prescription drugs, which are over prescribed for anxiety or stress. Since GABA is a natural amino acid found in the human body there are no side effects. Although, there have been a few reports of tickly or itching sensation on the face and neck, change in breathing (either slower or faster) and a throbbing heartbeat these occurrences cannot be definitively linked to GABA supplementation, as these sensations are also linked with panic attacks. When compared to the risks of benzodiazepines, these sensations are tolerable, harmless, and last for a brief period of time.

Not only is GABA effective with stress and anxiety, GABA supplementation may also combat insomnia (a common side effect of stress and anxiety), tobacco dependence, fibromyalgia, and epilepsy.

As you can see, GABA is not just for anxiety and stress. In fact GABA has a number of additional uses, such as: in children who are suffering from ADHD, treating alcohol dependency, improve concentration, and aid in meditation. GABA may also aid in lowering high blood pressure.

GABA supplements are available from numerous manufactures, and are available in several forms including: powder, sublingual pills, chewable, liquid, and capsules. The most popular GABA supplements contain PharmaGABA. This form is more easy absorbed by the bodies GABA receptors. This form of GABA can be found in Stress Relax PharmaGABA 60 Chewable Tablets From Natural Factors.

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If you are currently taking a benzodiazepine you should consult your physician for advice on how best to wean yourself from benzodiazepines before you stop taking your medications, as adverse reactions may occur.

By avoiding benzodiazepines you not only save yourself from the harmful side effects, toxicity, and addiction, but you will feel better and healthier knowing you are not filling your body with deadly toxins. So, if you would like a stress free, anxiety free, healthier life, give GABA a try.