San Antonio NBC guest puts spotlight on soothing stress to help memory

It’s not your imagination: Stress really can contribute to small memory lapses. But there are simple, healthy ways to deal with the pressure of our multi-tasking lives. Nutritionist Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, shared with WOAI’s San Antonio Living viewers how they can use Suntheanine to help protect against stress-related memory lapses.

Many of us experience that disconcerting feeling of forgetting small details as we go about our days. Bowden recalled a TV news reporter not being able to remember the traffic report that she had just read. He shared that forgetfulness often may not stem from actual memory loss, but instead from trying to pay attention to so many different things.

In addition to constant multi-tasking, many of us also face considerable stress in our daily lives. This stress can have real effects on our health. Bowden stated, “The thing that ages the brain the most and causes the most memory loss is stress. And we’re all under way too much stress.”

So what can we do to deal with stress? Bowden suggested meditating and deep breathing. He also taught viewers about the benefits of one of green tea’s active ingredients called L-theanine. He said, “Green tea has a compound in it called theanine which is very, very relaxing.”

In addition to drinking green tea all day long, Bowden suggested using Suntheanine, a pure form of L-theanine produced via a fermentation process. “Stress shrinks the section of the brain involved with memory,” he cautioned.

It has been estimated that nearly 65 percent of the adult population experiences some form of stress, and these numbers are continually rising. Since ancient times, it has been said that drinking green tea induces relaxation. Clinical research suggests that 50 mg – 200 mg Suntheanine stimulates activity in the brain known as alpha waves, which are associated with a relaxed but alert mental state.

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