What is GABA?
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (or GABA) is a naturally occurring amino acid that works as a neurotransmitter (or chemical messenger) inside your brain.
GABA blocks, or stops, certain signals and decreases activity in your nervous system. GABA has been shown to produce a calming effect inside the brain and can help with feelings of anxiety, stress, and fear. GABA activity also helps you have a healthy response to stress.
Many outside factors like stress can impact GABA activity, which can lead to too little GABA. Studies show a connection between the lack of this amino acid and mental disorders like schizophrenia, autism, depression, and anxiety. (1)
What are brain waves?
Brain waves are electrical impulses in the brain which are created by the brain's neurons. These electrical impulses transmit our emotions, behavior, and thoughts. There are five different brain waves which are widely recognized and classified as delta, beta, alpha, gamma, and theta. †