June 13, 2007

Daily Goal #3: GABA Supplement + Multivitamin

Posted in ADHD, Exercise, GABA, Goal Setting, Posts by Renee, Self-Therapy, Supplements at 1:49 am by bloggingawayadhd

Here is an excerpt from Dr. Amen’s article, which you can read here: http://amenclinics.com/bp/articles.php?articleID=10 

“From a medication standpoint I have seen antiseizure (also called anticonvulsant) medications be the most helpful for temporal lobe problems. One of the mechanisms these medications work is by enhancing the amino acid gama-aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA is an essential neurotransmitter in the brain. It is formed in the body from glutamic acid. It’s function is to decrease neuron activity and inhibit nerve cells from overfiring or firing erratically. GABA can be taken as a supplement. It acts like an anticonvulsant and also as an anti-anxiety agent. In the herbal literature it is reported to work in much the same way as diazepam (Valium), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), and other tranquilizers, but without fear of addiction. I have seen it have a nice calming effect on people who struggle with temper, irritability, and anxiety (all which may be temporal lobe symptoms). The doses of GABA range from 100-500mg a day for adults, half that for children.”

I’ve read about GABA elsewhere, including here: http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/news/20031204/brain-scans-reveal-adhd-differences

Since I most likely have the Temporal Lobe type of ADHD, and since GABA seems to have many other benefits, I have decided to start taking a GABA supplement in addition to my Omega-3 supplement. I am also going to up my Omega-3 supplement since I did well taking 2 per day last week and didn’t notice any adverse effects, so I will up my intake by using “Smart Balance” buttery spread instead of butter, cooking with Olive Oil instead of vegetable oil (which also has additional benefits), and also replacing my normal peanut butter with “Smart Balance” peanut butter. I’ll let you know if that seems to make any difference.

I also wanted to share this in-depth analysis of Omega-3 uses with you: UMM Omega-3 Article . This article recommends a slightly higher amount of Omega-3s per day, which is one of the reasons I will attempt to add more to my diet.

In addition to the GABA supplement, I’m going to now track my multivitamin usage. I like the GNC Ultra Mega Women’s vitamins, but they are pretty strong and have way over the necessary daily amounts of most of the ingredients. I also like Centrum chewable adult vitamins because they have 100% of everything and they are easy to take. So, I will take one or the other multivitamin every day. I will probably try to take the stronger GNC vitamin 3 times a week.

OK so now, my goals are

  • #1: Exercise 15-30 mins a day (still working on achieving that one)
  • #2: (modified) Take 2 Omega-3 capsules per day and also add Omega-3 fatty acids to my diet
  • #3: Take 200 mg of GABA supplements and one multivitamin daily.

I will add the third goal to my spreadsheet and start tracking it as soon as I purchase my supplements. Now I’m off to the store to figure out which supplements contain GABA!



  1. mike said,

    Since I don’t respond to stimulants due to pretty high anxiety levels, I’ve tried a wide range of supplements to help reduce my add symptoms, and about the only one which seemed to have any noticeable effect was fish oil supplements.

    The effect wasn’t major, but I did notice a slight improvement in mood and mental energy. Also, since, they are getting more and more inexpensive, and have other health benefits, being good for heart health etc, I think all people with ADD should give them a go for a few months.

    Another thing I would recommend is trying computer exercises to increase thinking speed and working memory.

    Two good websites for such exercises are mybraintrainer and brainbuilder (easy to find via google).

    15 mins in the morning makes me more alert, especially if I can discipline myself to these programmes first thing in the morning.

    Eventually I’m planning on trying Interactive Metronome therapy, but since it’s pretty expensive, I hanging back to see if any more studies come out to confirm that it works.

  2. ashoka said,

    I think you should start reading Life Extension magazine.The RDA for vitamins and minerals are insanely low.If you want a multivitamin I’d suggest you try Life Extension Mix or anything else with similar doses.Good luck.

  3. Tara Marshall said,

    I use GABA, Omega 3, and take high doses of vitamins and minerals. Most Americans have extremely low levels of the B vitamins in general, but mine are even worse because I’m High-Functioning Autistic with symptoms of ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, and etc. I usually order my supplements from Kirkman Laboratories, because they have formulations that are guaranteed to be gluten, casein, and soy free. Removing gluten (wheat, rye, barley, and oats), casein (all forms of milk protein), and soy from my diet had MAJOR benefits, and diet never hurts although it can be a bit of a pain.

  4. Andy said,

    Hi – any update on your experiences wtih GABA? Are you still taking these or have you stopped? I’m just starting and interesting in knowing who else might have found it useful for their ADD/ADHD.



  5. bloggingawayadhd said,

    No, I never took it long enough to determine if it had an effect, but I started taking it again this week, so hopefully I can stick with it this time and update later!

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