Valium, also sold under a Diazepam brand name, is a a benzodiazepine drug. But would GABA amino acid supplement be as effective or even more potent than Diazepam?
According to Wikipedia, it is commonly used to treat anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, seizures, spasms, restless legs syndrome and alcohol withdrawal.
GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is called your brain’s natural Valium. In fact, Valium or Diazepam was designed to mimic and enhance GABA’s calming impact.
GABA is both an amino acid and a potent mood enhancer and an inhibitory neurotransmitter which reduces the impact of other brain reactions such as the production of chemicals like adrenaline, the levels of which increase when you are under distress. These reactions are called “excitatory”.
What happens when you take GABA amino acid?
When you take a GABA supplement, it may fully turn off your stress reaction to an external effect, enabling you to deal with a potential upset, and not become stressed at all.
On the other hand, if you are already stressed, taking GABA supplements can restore your calmness and getting rid of stress within minutes.
Some people can notice a difference already after 100 milligrams. Personally, I do not feel any measurable effect until I increase the dose 15-fold. This is one of the challenges with many dietary supplements including GABA and its stress reducing effect. You see, many supplement include various inactive ingredients that are used as lubricants in the production process. They reduce the absorption rate. Secondly, the recommended daily dosage, if it exists, is a ‘one shoe size fits all’ -type of dosage. With many natural compounds and dietary supplements including GABA, studies suggest that the response is dose-dependent. In other words, a small girl might require 100 milligrams but a dramatically obese person with higher tolerance might require a much higher dosage.
Many supplement specialists recommend a maximum of 500 mg of GABA for stress and anxiety relief. They also recommend experimenting with the smallest amount to see how they respond. My optimal level seems to be three times higher than the recommended 500 mg level.
Please note also that a smaller amount of GABA is intended to relax you, whereas a larger dose of GABA is intended to make you tired.
Pay attention to your reaction. If you have an addiction, you are going through alcohol withdrawals and any other more serious issues for which your physician has prescribed you Valium or Diazepam or any other ‘benzo’ such Lorazepam, do not simply replace your prescription medicine with GABA dietary supplement. Discuss it first with your doctor.