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What Makes GABA Boost Cross the Blood-Brain Barrier?

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We recently received this inquiry from one of our customers:

Q: Hello. I saw your product listing for “GABA Boost” and I was wondering, what makes your product able to cross the blood-brain barrier when other products get little across?

I’m researching this for my own personal use, before selecting a brand to purchase.
Thank you!

~ J.D.

Dr. Dave Answers:

Thanks for your question; and a good one it is. Our IP Formulas GABA Boost was developed specifically with that issue in mind. Our belief is that for many people GABA itself is too big of a molecule to reliably cross the blood-brain barrier. As such, instead of GABA, we use Pharma-GABA® as our main active ingredient.

Pharma-GABA® is a form of GABA naturally manufactured via a fermentation process, which is considered more effective than chemically produced synthetic forms. It is the only form of the neurotransmitter, amino acid GABA, capable of passing the blood-brain barrier in significant amounts to improve neurological functions.

Support for the production of calming neurotransmitters is also provided by L-theanine and taurine. We are very proud of this supplement and it has become one of our most popular formulations.

Hope this helps!

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Meet Dr. Dave

Dr. David Scheiderer MD, MBA, DFAPA, is the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Education for Integrative Psychiatry, Inc. 

An accomplished clinician, educator, and lecturer, Dr. Dave has established himself as a key opinion leader in the fields of both mainstream psychiatry and functional medicine. Dissatisfied with the patient outcomes using only conventional treatments, he began treating his patients by addressing biological imbalances with lifestyle improvements, nutrition and nutraceuticals to get better outcomes. His integrative approach provided much improved results. Dr. Dave is passionate about helping the community he serves by personalizing treatments and educating the public about mental health and healthy aging. He has formulated several of our supplements and sat on the advisory board for many others, ensuring the products we carry are based on science and experience and have the best efficacy rates and highest ingredient quality available.

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