Nootropics Over Tea (The Secret Derived From Green Tea Used By Wise Asians To Enhance Focus And Sleep Better)
You’ve probably heard of the supposed benefits of drinking green tea. According to conventional ancient Chinese wisdom, green tea is supposed to make you younger, live forever and enhance your concentration while simultaneously also inducing relaxation!
Now the first 2 of these claims might be slighty exaggerated, but green-tea definitely has something properties…
Tracing down the cause of most of these positive effects leads to a compound that goes by the name of L-theanine.
L-theanine is an amino acid that predominantly likes to reside within green tea leaves. With modern societies’ innovative technology and tools, we are now able to extract and produce L-theanine ourselves on an economic scale. This allows us to reap the benefits and make them available to everyone!
How on earth can something found in tea cause all that?!
Sneaky as L-theanine is, it crosses the blood-brain barrier effortlessly, after which it causes some interesting effects in the brain like most other nootropics.
Its primary effect is caused by increasing the overall level of the neurotransmitter GABA. This inhibitory transmitter is related to relaxation. It also elevates dopamine levels and presumably also serotonin-levels.
Interestingly enough, L-theanine also raises alpha-wave brain wave production in the brain (in similar fashion to binaural beats discussed earlier!) Alpha-waves are a characteristic of a relaxed state of mind.
L-theanine is thus able to induce relaxation, meaning that its’ effects outweigh the stimulating effects of the plentiful amounts of caffeine also found in green tea.
Good thing is, L-theanine is able to do so without making you drowsy or sleepy. Perfect thus for some late-afternoon studying or working as concentrating is actually easier in the relaxed state induced by L-theanine.
It this wasn’t enough, L-theanine enhances the quality of your sleep WHILE you’re actually sleeping, allowing you to wake up feeling more energized and refreshed.
Other studies have shown that L-theanine also positively influences your immune system and possibly aids in preventing cancer.
Does this sound like a miracle supplement? It seems as if it comes pretty darn close.
Would You Like Some Nootropics With Your Tea?
If I don’t forget, I use L-theanine at night if I need to get some studying done without stimulating myself too much before bed or when I just want to relax some more.
Don’t expect to enter a state of focus only achievable after 40 years of vipassana mediation, but a subtle dose of calmness and clarity of mind is definitely noticeable.
Negative side-effects are non-existent, so it’s definitely worth a try.
At present, L-theanine is available virtually everywhere online. My favorite online retailer is iherb (non-affiliate):
As always, do your own research if there are some things you want to clear up, and of course feel free to ask any questions here.
What are your experiences with L-theanine?