GABA Friendly Diet and Lifestyle

GABA is often referred to as "nature's Valium" because it lowers brain activity and helps you feel calm. GABA is formed in the brain by a chemical process that uses glutamine acid and Vitamin B6, and aided by magnesium and calcium. Eating foods that contain these nutrients increase GABA. So do activities like meditation and yoga.

Food with L-glutamine include beef, pork, chicken, fish, eggs, milk, dairy products, citrus fruits, wheat, broccoli, cabbage, beets, beans, spinach, sesame and sunflower seeds, and lentils.

Foods like bell peppers, tuna, garlic, mustard greens and turkey are all high in vitamin B6 that can help improve your GABA levels. They can also help increase energy and produce a calming effect.

Magnesium helps in the absorption of calcium, so they should be taken together. These two important minerals can help you improve sleep and reduce anxiety. Take them before going to bed to help you sleep soundly.

To get your calcium eat yogurt, skim milk, sesame seeds, spinach, kale, okra, collards, soybeans, white beans, sardines, salmon, perch, rainbow trout, blackstrap molasses, black-eyed peas, almonds, oranges, turnip greens, kale, and seaweed. Don’t forget your magnesium, so eat pumpkin seeds, spinach, swiss chard, soybeans, sesame seeds, black beans, quinoa, cashews, sunflower seeds, beet greens, almonds, and pistachios, sesame seeds, figs, and dark chocolate.

So a GABA friendly diet and lifestyle is especially important for learning and behavior in children labeled ADHD and ASD.