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Brain Boosting Science

Maybe you've heard of L-Theanine; it's a compound in green tea, and it is often added to the amino acid supplements you might find at the gym (this is because it helps control the effects of caffeine), but there is far more to this humble amino acid than meets the eye, and scientific studies are showing just what L-theanine supplementation can do for you...

Our Science of Menopause page has a lot of entries on L-theanine, GABA, and magnesium (the key ingredients in Chaos Calmer cream). This particular study examined the effects of l-theanine on alpha brain waves in humans. Alpha brain waves occur when people feel relaxed and when the brain is in an idle state without concentrating on anything; they usually occur when you are engaged in activities such as daydreaming, meditating, or practicing mindfulness. Research suggests that this type of brain wave may play a role in reducing symptoms of depression and improving creativity.

This was a small study, done on female university students (one group suffering from high anxiety, and one from low anxiety), taking oral L-theanine to measure the effect on the brain. The study found that there was significantly higher alpha brain wave activity and emissions in the group taking L-theanine, suggesting it would make a great natural option to calm anxiety and help promote flow!