L-theanine: Sleep Better at Night, Focus Better During the Day
By Sarah Axtell, ND • September 2, 2018
I often encourage my patients to drink green tea, not only for the antioxidants it provides, but also because it is a natural dose of L-theanine. L-theanine is an amino acid that promotes GABA production, our calming neurotransmitter.
Benefits of L-theanine:
- Improved sleep
- Relaxation and stress reduction without sedation
- Enhanced memory and focus
Supplementing with L-theanine:
In addition to drinking tea to get a natural dose of L-theanine, you can supplement with L-theanine for added benefits. Common dose is 100-400 mg daily. Safe for both adults and children. Talk to your naturopathic doctor regarding form and dose of this calming amino acid.
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