GAD Antibodies & GABA

GAD antibodies are created when the body begins to attack an essential pathway where glutamates convert to GABA. Glutamate is a neurotransmitter, a chemical that transmits information from one neuron to another. It is an excitatory neurotransmitter, meaning that it carries stimulation signals. Too much glutamate will cause hyper-brain responses like OCD, ADHD and Anxiety.

Fortunately, glutamate is supposed to be converted to GABA through the GAD enzyme. GABA is a calming neurotransmitter. However, when our body starts making GAD antibodies that then cause destruction of GAD enzymes, this conversion fails to take place and we’re left with an increased Anxiety, OCD, Tics, and other symptoms. Gluten is one food product that increases GAD antibodies and should be avoided for anyone with these symptoms.

This exact same process takes place in the pancreas as well leaving one with a decrease in the pancreatic cell’s ability to make digestive enzymes and may even leave one more susceptible to pancreatic cancer.

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