The effects and benefits of L-Theanine: the panacea for your brain
Want to take your concentration to the next level? If you have actively read our blogs and our Energy Focus Blend is racing through your coffee machine every morning, you already know a few things to improve your concentration.
But what if I told you that coffee's biggest competitor can improve your concentration even more? Yes, you heard that right: a substance from tea, with the opposite effect as caffeine, can give your focus a big boost. It can even put your stress on the back burner. Get to know how L-theanine works.
What exactly is L-theanine?
L-theanine is a water-soluble amino acid that can be found in tea, mainly in green tea. The effect of L-theanine plays a major role in lowering stress and anxiety. To dive straight into the scientific facts: L-theanine blocks the glutamic acid to the glutamine receptors, making it easier for the brain to activate so-called alpha waves in the brain. These alpha waves are in contrast to everyday beta waves soothing and improve your cognitive performance such as concentration and memory.
Where can you get L-Theanine from?
As mentioned above, you can get L-theanine with a warm cup of green or black tea. With a cup of about 200 ml you get about 25 mg L-theanine. However, you will often have to turn on the kettle and use quite a few bags of tea to consume an effective amount. The recommended amount is between 100 and 400 mg. So if you don't want to have to drink too many liters of tea, you are better off buying an L-theanine supplement. These are available in both powder and capsule form, and are inexpensive at most health and fitness stores. Mix a little powder into your cup of coffee or tea and experience the stress-reducing and cognitive-enhancing benefits of L-theanine!
What are the risks of taking L-Theanine?
No risks have been found for the consumption of L-theanine. Research has been done with an intake of up to 4000mg per day and even then no dangerour effects were found, except for increased sleepiness. But adding pure L-theanine to supplements is still prohibited, as it has obtained a novel food status. This ensures that L-theanine in pure form should not be added to supplements. Fortunately, there is a solution for this and we have Green Tea Extract in our coffee, which consists of (98% L-theanine). This way you can enjoy the effects of L-theanine completely legally by your koffie genieten.
Tip: Do you want to give your body a great boost? Then mix a cup of Energy Focus Blend, along with a good splash of MCT oil and 100 to 400mg L-theanine. Thank us later!
Manon provides some additional information about L-theanine below. Watch the video to make sure you are fully informed!
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