Theanine Supplements for Anxiety

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Theanine supplements for anxiety

Theanine supplements for anxiety

Theanine is an amino acid that is naturally found green tea leaves. This amino acid has gained in popularity over recent years as a supplement to aide relaxation and calmness, without the negative side effect of drowsiness or impairing reflexes or concentration.

Theanine has been found to increase levels of GABA (gamma-amino-butyric acid) in the brain. GABA is an amino acid that is found in the central nervous system, mostly in the brain, where its main action is to calm down an excited nervous system.  Theanine has also been reported to increase levels of serotonin and dopamine, which act to enhance mood and improve cardiac function.

This amino acid has been found to increase alpha brain wave activity which results in increased relaxation and reduced anxiety. This is a similar model to how meditation works.

Studies have found that theamine improved learning, memory and attentional performance and reaction times in students with anxiety. Another randomised control trial found that theanine reduced irrirabilty, anger and mood swings during PMS.

This supplement could be used as a safe alternative to sleeping tablets or addictive anti-anxiety medication. This claim would require clinical trials before being recommended, but mild cases of anxiety or nervousness may be helped by this amino acid.

Other potential benefits include supporting the immune system and preventing colds, coughs and influenza.

The recommended dose is 200mg once or twice a day. It is best taken on an empty stomach.