L-theanine and Tea
Are you a tea lover like me? If yes, you probably know the soothing influence that accompanies a good cup of tea – and now this calming, stress-reducing effect is backed by science!
Studies show that l-theanine, present in the Camellia Sinensis plant, can reduce stress and anxiety. L-theanine works by blocking excitatory neurotransmitters like glutamate, resulting in feelings of calm and relaxation. L-theanine also stimulates a related neurotransmitter called GABA, which produces its own calming, anxiety-reducing effects. Unlike compounds with similar properties, l-theanine doesn’t contribute to drowsiness or a lack of alertness. Instead, the l-theanine present in tea provides a soothing, calming effect without making you feel sleepy!
Aside from its potent stress-reducing effects, l-theanine is also responsible for the umami taste in tea. This savory-sweet characteristic gives the tea a rich depth of flavor in addition to its unique health benefits. While l-theanine is present in all loose leaf tea made from the Camellia Sinensis plant, certain teas like matcha, shade-grown green teas, and first flush teas contain exceptionally high levels of l-theanine, like:
1 Gyokuro Green Tea
2 Kabusecha Green Tea
3 Himalayan Spring White Tea
4 Monteviot First Flush Darjeeling Black Tea
Let’s make our cup and enjoy the calmness of the winter!
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