ARP 355 - L-Theanine for Anxiety

This pebble in the road is about the amino acid L-Theanine. There are contradictory claims about how it can help a person.

It can make you more alert versus it can relax you.
It can help with getting to sleep versus it can help you to focus.
It helps with stress and anxiety.

And if you do a regular search, you will come up with very positive reviews and endorsements. Mostly from blogs and websites that have affiliate deals or who are trying to sell you something.

I have been bit in the humiliation zone about assuming things. I think I know something rock solid. Come to find out I might have understood 60 percent of it. 

This is not a bad thing, if you know that you have to double-check yourself and what other people tell you.  Especially when it comes to putting something in your mouth to help your anxiety.

In this episode a quick look at what it is, the ways you can take it, and information resources that can help you make an informed decision.

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Resources Mentioned: 

Cleveland Clinic information page on L-Theanine

FDA page on L-Theanine generally regarded as safe page on Should I Treat my Depression or Anxiety with Nutraceuticals and Herbs?

Via PubMed and the Nutrition Journal, 2010 look at prior studies on Nutritional and herbal supplements for anxiety and anxiety-related disorders.


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