Amplifies alpha brain waves which heighten creativity and alertness
Regulates mood and relieves anxiety and stress
Improves cognitive function and learning ability
Can help the body relax without becoming drowsy and improves sleep quality
L-Theanine is an amino acid and one of the main active ingredients found in green and black tea.
When combined with caffeine it heightens focus, energy, and improves mental endurance to even higher levels.
Widely used in treating attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Improves mental performance and your ability to multi-task.
Since its discovery in the 1940’s it has been thoroughly studied on humans and has been found to have brain-boosting, calming and anti-anxiety effects.
When paired with caffeine, L-theanine has been proved to improve focus and concentration while reducing the ‘jittery’ effects of caffeine.
Reduces heart rate, helping with stress and anxiety, and improves sleep quality.
50-100mg of caffeine (about one cup of coffee)
When & How
100-400mg (experiment and monitor)
With coffee or caffeine in the morning
Consult your physician if you are taking antidepressants, medication for high blood pressure, or any neurally-active medications
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How does L-theanine affect your brain?
L-theanine has been shown to affect your brain in numerous ways, such as amplifying your alpha brain waves which heighten creativity and alertness. By boosting your GABA, serotonin, and dopamine levels it has also been shown to increase focus, regulate your mood, and has a calming effect.
How long does L-theanine take to work?
The time it takes for your body to digest L-Theanine is entirely based on your body.
Is L-theanine safe to take daily?
Yes, L-Theanine is safe to take daily. If you are at all worried about its eects on your body, please consult your physician before introducing it into your daily routine.
How does L-theanine work for anxiety?
L-theanine works for anxiety by raising levels of ‘feel good’ hormones such as serotonin and dopamine, while reducing heart rate. This leaves you feeling relaxed and less anxious.
What are the side e ffects of L-theanine?
While no studies have come up with any negative, conclusive side eects of L-Theanine, it is advised to consult with a physician before combining the supplement with certain medications. This includes, but is not limited to, medications that lower blood pressure and supplements that contain caeine.
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