Fall may be a busy season, but the extra activities don’t have to leave your nerves feeling frazzled. There are nutrients you can take that can not only reduce stress, but also provide additional health benefits. Dr. Jonny Bowden shared this information with Fox News in San Diego during its Food is Medicine segment. He explained the calming benefits of the amino acid L-theanine, which is found naturally in green tea. When choosing an L-theanine supplement, Bowden advised viewers to look for products containing Suntheanine, a pure form of L-theanine that has been clinically shown to support a calm, relaxed and improved focus state of mind without leading to drowsiness.
“Green tea is such a stress reducer,” said Bowden, a board-certified nutritionist and author of 14 books on food, health and healing. “It’s so good for you in so many ways. It helps with weight loss. It helps with metabolism.”
Bowden explained, “L- theanine just gives you this calm and reduces your stress a little bit. Since stress is a promoter of so many diseases, we want to reduce our stress.” It has been estimated that 65 percent of the adult population experiences some form of stress.
“The important thing to know with L- theanine is that the best type of it is Suntheanine,” said Bowden. Suntheanine is produced via a fermentation process that mimics the natural process in green tea leaves, resulting in a 100 percent pure L-isomer-theanine. Clinical trials have shown Suntheanine promotes an alert state of relaxation without drowsiness.
Whereas you might not always have time in your schedule to brew a relaxing cup of green tea, an L-theanine supplement can be ideal for on-the-go convenience. Suntheanine is available in capsules, ideal for your desk drawer, purse or car. For extra calm before a big client meeting, try it in mints. To help you focus on a task, sip it in beverage form as you work. And for that well-deserved something sweet, enjoy it in chocolate.