October 11, 2007

Back to GABAsics

Posted in ADHD, GABA, Goal Setting, Omega-3/fish oil, Posts by Renee, Supplements at 1:39 am by bloggingawayadhd

OK, stupid title, I know. It just popped into my head and I couldn’t let it go.

Anyway, I just wanted to officially announce that I’m going to get back on schedule with my GABA and Omega-3 Fish Oil supplements. I didn’t really take them long enough before to know whether they were making a difference with my ADD symptoms, but all those things I was tracking on my Progress Chart did seem to be helping me, so it’s about time I stop looking at that bottle of supplements on my desk every day, and start using them.

I’ll let you know if I notice a difference!


June 18, 2007

GABA Supplements

Posted in ADHD, GABA, Posts by Renee, Self-Therapy, Supplements at 7:56 pm by bloggingawayadhd

Well I finally got over to the Health Foods Store, and they had the GABA supplements. I wanted “GABA Calm” because it also has Taurine and L-Tyrosine, but they didn’t have that. What they had is just called GABA, and is also by Source Naturals, and it cost $18.50 for 90 tablets! Much more than I would’ve paid online, but at least it’s in my hands now and I don’t have to worry about any shipping costs, waiting to get it, freshness of the product, etc.

GABA Supplements

On the bottle, it says:

GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is an amino acid derivative and a key inhibitory neurotransmitter. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that carry information between nerve cells or from nerve cells to other target cells. GABA is synthesized directly from glutamic acid. It has an inhibitory effect on the firing of neurons and supports a calm mood.

but warns that these statements aren’t approved by the FDA. I’m going by Dr. Amen’s advice on this one. Note that GABA is not an herb or drug, but something found naturally in the human body.

Interestingly, the lady at the checkout said “Oh, another lady buys these regularly and says they really work! She takes them until they build up in her system, and says then she doesn’t have to take them for a while.” OK… I’ll have to see if I find out what she meant by that. Also, I’m taking them specifically for my “Temporal Lobe” type ADD, so I’ll be able to evaluate how they affect me using my chart.

They are large tablets, 750 mg, so I am going to break them in half at first and take approx 375 mg until I see how my body reacts to them.

I’ll keep you posted! Here goes…

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!