What's the story with GABA?
GABA is without a doubt one the most underrated supplement you'll find. There is no question it is on the "must use" list of performance supplements. Only athletes that are "in the know" seem to harness the benefits of this truly incredible amino acid. AST brought GABA to the attention of athletes way back in 1990.
One unique function of GABA is that it has a unique relaxing effect. This is important and plays into the body's natural slide into REM sleep.
Since GABA may help promote a relaxing effect, sound and restful sleep results, which may have a positive effect on muscle recovery and growth.*
One thing you should know about GABA. It may cause a slight tingling and flushing sensation minutes after you take it. This is not uncommon at all. Those that are not aware of this effect sometimes get a little excited. However, it's harmless and dissipates after a 15 minutes or so. The way to minimize this effect is to slowly work up to the 5 gram dose over a 3 week period. For example, the first week start off taking 2 grams before bed. The second week, increase the dose to 3 grams. On the third week go to 4 grams. And on the forth week you should comfortably be able to take a 5 gram dose before bed.
It's a once-a-day supplement that may support positive changes in body composition and indirectly support muscle growth.* It may help promote your body's ability to recover and makes your sleeping hours very productive for muscle growth.* It is very inexpensive and could very well be the boost your body needs to support muscle.*
I've been mixing my creatine dose with GABA before I go to sleep. Is this good or should I be taking them separately?
There should be no problem with this, but I would still recommend taking them separately.
GABA works best on an empty stomach. The best way to take GABA is with a small amount of water right before you go to bed. We recommend not eating anything for at least 30 minutes prior to taking GABA. This method ensures optimum uptake and no digestive or absorption competition.