Lemon Balm extract contains rosmarinic acid, a compound which has been found to inhibit GABA transaminase. This enzyme takes the steps necessary to remove GABA when it is released by your neurons via the synaptic cleft. By inhibiting the transaminase enzyme, Lemon Balm can effectively increase GABA (an inhibitory neurotransmitter used by the brain to prevent over-excitement and attain neural balance) activity in the brain.
Lemon Balm also exhibits activity at nicotinic and muscarinic receptors in the brain which makes it a great natural supplement for brain hacking. These receptors respond to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine which is integral to working memory capacity, memory formation, logical analysis, and basic cognition skills.
Lemon Balm is used most commonly as a supplement for its anti-anxiety purposes. It’s used to promote relaxation, as well as a deep, restful sleep for its user. Many users report that stress seems to melt away when using this supplement along with irritability, nervousness, and even depression.
Side Effects & Dosages
The generally accepted dosage range for Lemon Balm is between 300 and 500 mg per day. Using Lemon Balm for other purposes (like as a sleep aid or anxiolytic) may require slightly higher amounts, but there is no officially determined dose for these cases. As such, deciding how much to use may require a bit of experimentation.
Lemon Balm may also be used in a number of different formulations such as in a tea or as a topical skin rub. New users are always advised to start out with the lowest effective dose and only increase from there gradually.
Lemon Balm is widely considered to be a safe product. In fact, this compound is sometimes even given in small amounts to babies who have colic. Most users will not experience any side effects when taking this nootropic, with the only known effect being that it may cause an increase in drowsiness.
It would probably not be a good idea to drive or operate machinery until you know how the supplement affects you, and it is not recommended for anyone using anti-anxiety drugs, antihistamines, muscle relaxants, anti-seizure drugs, sedatives, or tranquilizers.