L-theanine or theanine is an amino acid found in matcha tea. It is not a common amino acid and rarely occurs in nature. Theanine is found mostly in teas and in some mushroom species.
Matcha tea is the best natural source of L-theanine. as it contains around 2.40 mg per 100g of Theanine. Regular green or black tea has only 5 times less the amount.
Here are the main benefits associated to L-theanine:
One of the main benefits of this amino acid is its ability to enhance mental performance. It increases attention and improves memory. A study with men and women with minor brain damage showed positive results(R) for those who took it.
L-theanine also works synergistically with caffeine reducing its negative effects. This combination boosts mood, focus and concentration.
It is essential for those who seek to achieve their peek cognitive performance.
Lovers the stress
Drinking matcha every day could change the way your body responds to stress. When you are under pressure your body produces various stress hormones. Such hormones interrupt the production of dopamine, serotonin, other brain chemicals and can even slow down the immune system. Theanine is one of the few amino acids which can cross the brain-blood barrier and naturally block or neutralize stress hormones. I recommend adding Ashawagandha to your matcha latte every morning to multiple the stress relieving effect. This Ayurvedic herb is best known for its ability to reduce stress and anxiety.
Activates immune system
Consuming L-theanine stimulates the production of interferon in your body. This is a major chemical in the body's defense system. It fights viruses, bacteria, fungi and even the cancer cells.
Zen state of mind
Theanine promotes the production of the alpha waves. These are the same waves which are produced naturally when sleeping or in the state of deep relaxation and meditation. Living in such a crazy world it might be extremely difficult to clear your mind from all the distractions. This alpha wave state is ideal for any activity but especially might be good for boosting creativity.
L-theanine is a perfect naturally occurring supplement and one of the best sources of it is matcha tea. Drinking just a couple matcha lattes per day will help you to achieve better mental focus, fight viruses and bacteria and become immune to stress. It is truly a nature's gift so use it often and use wisely.