In this article I'll talk about what L-Theanine is, what it's used for, and whether or not it's a nootropic (a drug that enhances cognition).
I'll also go over some of the common questions about L-Theanine and explain why I think people should buy this supplement.
So without further ado, let's just get straight into it, shall we?
First things first, what is L-theanine?
L-Theanine is an amino acid that is naturally found in green tea, as well as many other plants such as chickpeas and mushrooms.
This amino acid is believed to promote positive feelings as well as relaxation, which is why many people take it to reduce stress and anxiety.
Psychopharmacology research has demonstrated that L-Theanine can also improve attention performance in healthy volunteers.
A study also found that L-theanine boosts alpha waves in the brain, which is an indicator of a relaxed state.
Is L-theanine a Nootropic?
Yes, L-theanine is considered a Nootropic. In fact, L-theanine is a fairly well known nootropic that many people take to reduce anxiety and improve cognitive function.
It's also quite commonly used as a pre-workout supplement by people in the body building community.
When L-theanine is stacked with caffeine, it's believed to increase focus and cognitive function without making you feel nervous or jittery
The reason for this is because L-theanine works primarily as an antagonist to the dominant chemical in green tea called L-theanine (catechins).
You may also know L-theanine as a relaxation supplement. This is because it helps reduce stress and anxiety, which improves your mood.
How does L-Theanine work?
L-theanine is said to work by promoting the production of alpha brain waves, which are very relaxed and meditative states. Alpha brain waves are associated with creativity and expanded consciousness.
When you take L-theanine, it is believed to improve your mood and promote a relaxed state of mind without causing drowsiness.
This also means that L-theanine can be taken alongside caffeine without causing any jitteriness or nervousness.
I think that anyone who wants to improve their attention and concentration should consider buying this supplement.
When you stack it with caffeine that's when you really start to see the positive cognitive effects of L-theanine.
L-theanine and caffeine work synergistically which means that the cognitive benefits of each supplement are increased when they're used together.
Specifically, the cognitive benefits of L-theanine include improved attention and focus as well as a reduction in stress and anxiety.
The cognitive benefits of caffeine include alertness, wakefulness, and an increased ability to process information.
Does L-theanine help with focus?
As briefly mentioned above, L-theanine is commonly used by people because it helps reduce stress and anxiety.
Where you really start to see benefits when it comes to focusing is when you stack it with caffeine.
When you combine L-theanine with caffeine, it's believed to boost focus and alertness.
When you take L-theanine in its own right, it is believed to play a role in reducing stress and anxiety. That's basically it.
Is L-Theanine safe?
L-Theanine is considered a safe supplement. There aren't many studies out there about the safety of L-theanine.
However, what we do know is that L-theanine doesn't have any serious side effects.
You should be aware that combining L-theanine with other stimulants could cause some side effects including dizziness, headache, and nausea.
There are also a few cases where people have reported having a bad reaction when combining prescription medication with L-theanine. If you're taking prescription medication, it's best to check with your doctor before you start taking L-theanine.
My thoughts on L-Theanine as a Nootropic
I think that L-theanine is a good supplement to take if you want to reduce stress and anxiety.
However, I personally don't think that it's particularly useful for improving focus or attention on its own.
If you use L-theanine, it's best to take it with caffeine because that's when you really start to see the most benefits in terms of improved cognition and focus.
When I think of a nootropic, I think of something that will change your state of mind in a positive way. L-theanine definitely does that.
To me, it's worth taking L-theanine if you're interested in reducing stress and anxiety. It's also a good way to test whether nootropics are for you before you spend money on more powerful nootropics.
L-Theanine vs. Caffeine?
By comparison, L-theanine and caffeine are very similar and actually work synergistically when taken together.
When used alone, they have different effects; L-theanine is less effective than caffeine. However, when you stack them together, they can increase the positive effects of each other.
Specifically, when you take L-theanine with caffeine, you'll notice that it improves your attention and focus.
When I stack L-theanine with caffeine, I also notice that I feel positively alert and awake.
L-theanine is considered a Nootropic. It's a popular supplement, and it can help you to reduce stress and anxiety.
L-theanine may also be able to improve your focus and attention when stacked with caffeine.
It is safe and doesn't have any serious side effects. If you're interested in reducing stress, L-theanine is definitely worth a try. The best way to take L-theanine is by combining it with caffeine. To see the most benefits, I recommend taking 200 mg of caffeine with 100 mg of L-theanine.
Stacking L-theanine and caffeine can help you to reduce stress and anxiety, improve your focus and attention, and feel more awake and alert.
As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to me.