GABA inducing Herbs & Spices: Relax and Sleep
Drinking green tea relieves stress. Compounds in green tea help us relax and is not only good for weight loss, cancer prevention, immune system boosting etc.
Art Turner, in this fascinating article explains how the Green teacup’s relaxation effect has been proven in the lab.
We all know relaxing is important and we have seen that on this blog how losing sleep can be bad for our health! So Green Tea could help in this respect.
Green tea is an ingredient InnOrbit uses in its range of functional drinks and this “relaxing” functionality is key in the Calm&Relax drink!
“theanine increases the GABA levels in your brain. GABA is a neurotransmitter that is linked to dopamine and serotonin levels”
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is one of the most frequently used herbal medicines and has neurological properties such as antidepressant, anxiolytic, and anticonvulsant effects.
In this study by Cho et al, liquorice extracts potentiated induced sleep and increased the amount of non-rapid eye movement sleep in an animal model system without decreasing delta activity.
The molecular structure and pharmacophore model of liquorice components glabrol and liquiritigenin indicate that the functioanal groups of may play a key role in binding to GABA(A)-BZD receptors. Glabrol increased sleep duration and decreased sleep latency in a dose-dependent manner.
The results imply that Liquorice and its flavonoid glabrol induce sleep via a positive allosteric modulation of GABA(A)-BZD receptors.
Activation of GABA receptors in the brain appear to promote sleep.
It has been well reported on this website that a lack of sleep can lead to chronic illness.
Liquorice is a key ingredient of the Natural Health Drink CALM&RELAX.