Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for October 04, 2007

After doing some research on the amino acids, I came across some interesting fact about one called “L-Theanine”. It plays a role in the formation of GABA and neurotransmitters for a calming effect which is exactly what I am looking for. Here’s what it says:

Theanine functions, uses, and health benefits

L-theanine is involved in the formation of the inhibitory neurotransmitter, gamma amino butyric acid (GABA). GABA influences the levels of two other neurotransmitters, dopamine and serotonin, producing a relaxation effect. GABA serves a sedative function that brings balance to excitability that can lead to restlessness, insomnia, and other disruptive conditions. Theanine also appears to increase levels of dopamine, another brain chemical with mood-enhancing effects, which can reduce blood pressure.

L-theanine is an amino acid that helps promote a mild, restful, relaxed state without diminishing daytime alertness. Stress impairs the immune system, leaving us vulnerable to opportunistic infections, and can cause depression. People under stress can mitigate many of the harmful effects of stress with l-theanine. L-theanine reduces stress and anxiety without the tranquilizing effects found in many other calming supplements.

Theanine has a reputation for promoting mental and physical relaxation, and decreasing stress and anxiety without inducing drowsiness, as measured by increased generation of alpha-waves. L-theanine directly stimulates the production of alpha brain waves. By increasing the brain’s output of alpha waves, theanine may control anxiety, increase mental focus, improve concentration, and promote creativity.

Also found this:

THEANINE (Non-Essential)

L-Theanine is a derivative of Glutamic Acid. It is the active agent found in green tea. It readily crosses the blood-brain barrier, increasing levels of GABA and dopamine. It has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce the effects of PMS. Theanine acts as a non-sedating relaxant to help increase the brain’s production of alpha-waves (those associated with “relaxed alertness”). This makes Theanine extremely effective for combating tension, stress, and anxiety, sharpening mental focus, improving concentration and promoting creativity without inducing drowsiness.

I went to a number of different health food stores and I always have a hard time looking for amino acids as there is never a standard. Each store will carry a few but never all. When I finally came across a store that had it, I decided to pick up another “hard to find” amino acid that I’ve done some reading about called Acetyl-Carnitine so I’ll pick up that too!


October 21, 2007 - Posted by | Health | , , , ,

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