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Wednesday, December 18, 2013


This was a good morning for a pot of tea. I pulled a canister of organic green tea out of my cabinet. Perhaps it's all the studies I've been reading on l-theanine in green tea, but I truly did feel relaxed and alert after sipping my tea this morning.

Theanine is able to cross the blood-brain-barrier and support alpha-wave formation in the brain. What is an alpha wave? It is a brain state of being relaxed, yet awake, such as sitting peacefully with eyes closed.  It is thought to help improve focus and reduce the body's stress response. A 2012 journal article reported that it helped reduce blood pressure increases during challenging mental tasks. (1) While a 2011 article reported that may also decrease cognitive decline in the elderly. (2) 

The effects of theanine are very quick. It only takes about 50 minutes for theanine to reach peak concentration in the blood plasma after consuming it. (3)

Theanine can even support sleep in certain situations. A double-blind, placebo controlled study gave 400 mg of theanine to 8-12 year old boys diagnosed with ADHD and found that it improved the quality of their sleep. (4)

Are you trying to find some calm, mental focus this month? If so, try an organic cup of green tea and join me for an upcoming gathering.  I'll be speaking on restorative sleep at Green Acres on Thursday at 700 p.m., and I'll be at the 306 Phoenix House at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday to explore the benefits of meditation with Russ Doden. Please join us...

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