What is l-theanine? Exactly my point! I don’t understand how this natural supplement is such a secret in our lives. It’s time to get the word out and start helping people deal with their stress and anxieties.
In a world full of distractions and on-the-go mentalities, it’s no wonder we are living in a constant state of anxiety and stress. We are bombarded with energy drink options, from coffee-to-go to energizing shots, that just contribute to this overwhelming need to achieve and perform. However, it doesn’t come without consequence. Overstimulation has been linked to decline in relationship satisfaction, poor self-image and depression.
In response to these negative trends and behaviors, we have seen an emerging market of relaxation drinks. According to IBIS World reports, the relaxation drink industry has been growing at an annual rate of 24% per year from 2011 to 2016. That’s one of the fastest growth rates across all consumer packaged goods. Why? People want to start reconnecting with themselves, live in a calm and peaceful manner, and just be more mindful in their day-to-day routines. We all know what stress and anxiety can do to ones health and state-of-mind, so let’s rid ourselves of this addiction we have to stress and start living the good life.
L-theanine is an amino acid derived from green tea leaves and has been a popular supplement in Japan since 1964 after its approved unlimited use in foods, beverages, and other supplements. It has the ability to cross the blood brain barrier and promote brain alpha wave production, boosting mood and cognitive performances. Some use it to ease social anxieties, others to help them remain calm on focused preparing for an exam or stressful meeting. Stress triggers are different for everyone and people have found a variety of way to use it in their daily habits.
Popular uses for l-theanine:
1. General daily use- helps decrease anxiety and stress through daily supplemental use.
2. Drink with Coffee- this is the most popular combination, helps eliminate the caffeine jitters. Prevents the coffee crash we all know too well.
3. Electrolyte Drink for pre and post boozing– l-theanine has been proven to remove alcohol from your blood quicker. When you combine l-theanine with an electrolyte drink, you are speeding up the hangover process.
4. Pre-yoga supplement– helps calm the mind to improve ones yoga and meditation experience.
5. Lose weight– stress holds on to fat. You know that pesky belly fat that just never goes away? It can be stress related.
So who would directly benefit from l-theanine? Well, pretty much anyone who is living and breathing. If you find yourself to be anxious before a social setting, this is a great tool to help ease some of that anxiety. Over-stimulated professionals, parents, whatever.
From the Memorial Sloan Ketting Cancer Center, they reported the following long-term purported uses of l’theanine. Since this supplement is such a relatively new (only 70 years since discovery) and understudied, we have yet to really provide any substantial long-term data. However, there are no known negative side effects of l’theanine other than nausea and upset GI due to over consumption, but more likely related to the caffeine in green tea. The benefits that continue to reveal themselves are incredible and worth continued research. Check out the following suspected benefits and uses:
Long-term purported uses:
Relaxant-In patients with schizophrenia, two studies have shown that L-theanine alleviates anxiety, and improves sleep and other related symptoms when combined with antipsychotic treatment.
Cancer prevention-There is no scientific evidence to substantiate this use.
Cancer treatment-Laboratory and animal studies indicate that L-theanine has antitumor properties, but human data are lacking.
Stroke-Results from a study done in Japan suggest that green tea consumption decreased the risk of stroke in individuals. However, it is unclear if L-theanine contributed to this benefit.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)-A small study suggests L-theanine can improve sleep quality in boys with ADHD.
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