In 2737, it is said that a Chinese emperor was sitting beneath a tree drinking some boiled water when the wind blew some leaves into his cup. It is from this time that tea was discovered as a delicious beverage, and medicinal, herbal remedy for a host of ailments. Theanine, also known as L-theanine, compounds found primarily in both green and black teas have been used throughout time. Though many teas contain caffeine which can be stimulating, Theanine induces a calming effect in the body. These plant compounds provide “alert calmness” which is akin to a good session of meditation. Theanine alters levels of various neurotransmitters, making this state of mind possible.
Theanine offer many benefits:
- Lowered blood pressure
- Cancer preventative
- Reduces anxiety
- Aids those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Improves sleep
- Aids those with ADHD
- Reduces symptoms in schizophrenics
- Reduces impact of stroke
- Reduces oxidative stress
- Reduces excitability, anxiousness
- Boosts brain functioning
- Balances mood
How DoesTHEANINE Work?
The primary active compounds in green and black tea derived Theanine are amino acids which block the binding of L-glutamic acid to glutamate receptors in the brain. This causes an anti-stress effect by inhibiting cortical neuron excitation.
In addition to blocking excitatory stimuli at glutamate receptors in the brain, L-theanine also stimulates production of the inhibitory, relaxing neurotransmitter GABA, adding to its anti-anxiety effects, and providing calm to those who ingest it.
The suggested dosage is typically 250-400mg daily to positively affect both sleep and anxiety. A larger dose may be required for schizophrenia and other considerations.
Side Effects of THEANINE
Side effects of any kind are usually mild and infrequent. The only reported complications are headaches, dizziness, and infrequently, GI complications.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult your qualified healthcare provider before beginning any diet or program.