What are the health benefits of theanine?

AMINO ACIDS are an organic compound which work to build muscle and transport nutrients within the body.

Theanine is an amino acid analogue – a similar structure with different components – known for its many possible health benefits.

L-theanine is a type of theanine often found in supplement form

L-theanine is a type of theanine often found in supplement form

What are the health benefits of theanine?

Theanine comes in two forms: L-theanine and D-theanine.

The amino acid can be found in tea and various mushroom species.

With a similar makeup to glutamate, another naturally occuring amino acid, theanine works to help transmit nerve pulses to the brain.

According to WebMD, theanine can be used to treat anxiety, stress, and mental impairment – however, there is not enough scientific evidence to support its use as a stabilzier.

How can I take theanine?

Theanine naturally occurs in both green and black teas.

The amino acid is also available in supplement form, with many using L-theanine as a way to increase mental clarity.

Although not proven, the benefits of L-theanine may include:

  • Mental focus
  • Improved sleep
  • Relaxation
  • Increased cognitive performance
  • Weight loss
  • Boosted immune system
  • Reduced blood pressure

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Medical News Today suggests theanine may assist in maintaining cortisol levels in the body.

Theanine occurs naturally in green and black teas

Theanine occurs naturally in green and black teasCredit: Getty Images – Getty

What are the possible side effects of theanine?

Possible side effects of theanine can include headaches and dizziness.

Due to lack of research, there is not enough available information to know if theanine is safe for use during pregnancy.

Theanine also might work in lowering blood pressure, which can negatively affect those with high blood pressure if they are mixing it with other medications.

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