Updated: Oct 7, 2019
L-Theanine is often called, “Natures Xanax” in the world of Natural Medicine. It is an amino acid that is found in green tea leaves. It is also a safe and natural supplement that can treat anxiety and insomnia. It does this by boosting alpha brain waves, resulting in a feeling of relaxation.
12 Reasons to Start Taking L-Theanine
Reduces anxiety and stress by lowering chemicals in the brain that are linked to them.
Increases sleep quality.
Supports focus, attention & mood.
Neuroprotective & increases NGF.
May enhance Th1 immunity.
Aids in stress related weakened immunity.
Boosts levels of serotonin, dopamine and GABA, which are all neurotransmitters that promote relaxed, positive moods.
It prevents the abrupt rise in blood pressure that is sometimes experienced under stress.
Its glutamate-blocking capabilities make it promising for preventing neurodegenerative disorders, stroke, and schizophrenia.
May help reduce symptoms of depression.
Protects brain cells and promotes cognitive function.
Protects the heart and blood vessels.
As you can see there are promising results in many areas when using L-Theanine. However, anxiety and insomnia are the main focus in today’s article.
There have been many studies showing how L-Theanine helps with anxiety and insomnia as well. Below are three in particular that show great promise for the treatment of anxiety and sleep.
In a study in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, L-theanine helped relieve anxiety symptoms and augment antipsychotic treatment in patients (ages 19 to 55) with schizophrenia. (read more)
A Japanese study found that graduate students who took L-theanine experienced less anxiety. (read more)
Another study in Alternative Medicine Review, L-theanine improved some aspects of sleep quality in boys with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). (read more)
It is important to make sure that you use a high quality L-Theanine supplement like the one we carry in our office. Unfortunately, some supplements out there are using D-theanine instead, and it may not have the same neurochemical actions as L-Theanine.