L-Theanine, Mood, and Your Weight Management Goals Posted on February 15, 2016 by , 0 comments
How this “extra” supplement can make a world of difference.
Yes, stimulants can give you a burst of short-lived energy, lift your spirits, and harden your focus. They can also cause sleep disturbances, raise blood pressure, cause a ‘crash’, and addiction, especially if taken in high doses. The mood swings associated with stimulants can cause users to stray from their weight management goals and make poor dietary choices when they aren’t feeling their best. Exercise may also be affected, further hampering a person’s weight management goals.
L-Theanine is far different from a stimulant. As an amino acid found in green tea extract, L-Theanine is a stimulant-free supplement that can help support and stabilize a person’s mood while not affecting blood-pressure. Tea is the most widely consumed drink throughout the world, second only to water. The benefits of tea, especially green tea, have been known for centuries, but recent scientific studies are finally allowing us to know why. L-Theanine works in a similar fashion to glutamate, a naturally occurring amino acid that is found in the body. While it has been used to support cognitive health and overall wellness, new research has shown how L-Theanine can effectively support a person’s mood without causing drowsiness.
The secret to the mood-supporting benefits of L-Theanine is the ability for it to corss the blood brain barrier and affect mood, cognitions, concentration, and even alpha wave production. It’s simple: When the brain is in harmony and working in top function, good dietary and exercise choices are easy. When it’s not, a person tends to reach for the ice cream and the remote.