Previously in our series of Must-Have Cognition Boosters, we discussed the mighty nootropic Huperzine and all it’s acetylcholine-boosting, neuroprotectant powers.
Today, we shift our focus to a highly underrated cognition booster, one that synergizes incredibly well with the world’s favorite stimulant (caffeine) and can be found in every cup of green tea that you drink.
We are, of course, talking about L-Theanine, and you’re about to get a crash course in this mighty focus enhancer.
What is L-Theanine?
As we just alluded to, L-Theanine is an ɑ-amino acid prevalent in green tea leaves frequently used to help reduce stress and promote relaxation without feeling drowsy. Additional research has also noted that when combined with caffeine, it helps to harness the raw, stimulating properties of caffeine, providing a more refined and “productive” focus and energy experience.
So, how does L-Theanine produce these calming effects?
Well, theanine looks very similar to glutamate -- the brain’s most powerful excitatory neurotransmitter. When ingested (either from drink, food, or supplement), L-Theanine crosses the blood-brain barrier where it binds to glutamate receptors, which blocks the glutamate molecule from binding. This produces an inhibitory (calming) effect in the CNS.
But, that’s not all.
L-Theanine also stimulates production of the body’s primary inhibitory (“downer”) neurotransmitter GABA, which furthers its calming, anti-anxiety effects. Perhaps most interestingly, L-theanine produces these relaxing effects without inducing sleepiness or impairing motor behavior.
In fact, several human studies have shown that supplementation with L-theanine improves alertness and attention while simultaneously reducing anxiety.
And to top it off, some emerging animal research suggests that taking L-theanine before an acute bout of stress not only reverses the cognitive impairment that accompanies stressful events, but also reduces increases in stress hormones (cortisol) and oxidative damage that typically ensues with stress.
Anyone who’s ever been under a tight deadline for work or school knows just how cognitively draining stress can be. Due to the anti-anxiety and pro-productivity benefits of L-Theanine, we’ve included the full clinical dose of 100mg in every serving of NootropiMax.
NootropiMax is an industry-leading nootropic formula designed to enhance mental energy, focus, memory, and learning, while reducing stress and the inevitable “brain drain” that sets in with cognitively demanding work.
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