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GABA produced by gut bacteria?

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Glynis Steele, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. Glynis Steele

    Glynis Steele Senior Member

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    Intestinal Bacteria Produce Neurotransmitter, Could Play Role in Inflammation

    "We identified, to our knowledge, the first bifidobacterial strain, Bifidobacterium dentium, that is capable of secreting large amounts of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). This molecule is a major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central and enteric nervous systems," says Karina Pokusaeva, a researcher on the study and a member of the laboratory of James Versalovic.

    GABA is one of the chief inhibitory neurotransmitters in the human central nervous system. It plays a role in regulating pain and some pain relieving drugs currently on the market act by targeting GABA receptors on neural cells.

    Full article here at Sciencedaily:

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/06/120617142536.htm
     
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  2. Marco

    Marco Grrrrrrr!

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    Gotta get me some Bifidobacterium dentium:)
     
  3. GracieJ

    GracieJ Senior Member

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    Hurray! GABA is one of my best friends. This is great news.
     
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  4. August59

    August59 Daughters High School Graduation

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    Most of our serotonin is manufactured in the gut as well. About 80% I believe. The pile of information that is gathering showing the importantance of gut health is pretty amazing to me. I hope it keeps on coming so that we can get a real clear picture of what would work best for us arrives pretty soon cause I need it bad.
     
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    Enid Senior Member

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    Thanks Glynis - how GI research moves on now. Strange that over a period of high dose Gabapentin I slept soundly and felt better (not cured). I assume the action is the same.
     

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