As you all probably already know, looking after yourself is obviously a key part of any healthy living regime, as failing to do so could put you at risk of a whole variety of different health complications. When people think about healthy living however, they tend to focus on the physical side of things. Whilst it is obviously very important to look after your body, it is also just as important to look after your mind, yet that is where a lot of people seem to go wrong. Ideally of course, you should do both simultaneously, which is where green tea comes into the mix. Green tea, which has been consumed for thousands of years, is renowned for its ability to nourish, not only the body, but the mind also, with natural goodness, thanks in part, to a potent, and powerful natural ingredient it contains which is known as L-theanine. Whilst a lot of people tend to focus on the antioxidants found in green tea, which are also very, very healthy and beneficial, L-Theanine, a potent amino acid, also plays a key role on both physical, and mental health, so let’s learn a little more about it, shall we?
What is L-Theanine?
L-Theanine is a powerful amino acid found naturally within green tea, which is renowned for its ability to nourish both the body and the mind, as it is packed full of natural goodness that the body thrives upon. Its chemical structure is actually very similar to that of glutamate, which is a naturally occurring, non-essential amino acid which the body is able to synthesize, which helps to transmit and carry chemical messages and nerve impulses from the body to the brain, and vice versa. Here’s a look at some of the main benefits of L-Theanine.
Promotes rest and relaxation
One of the main benefits of this amazing amino acid, is the fact that it actually helps to beat stress and promote feelings of rest, relaxation, and mental clarity. The main reason for this is that it naturally increases the production of a neurotransmitter and amino acid known as GABA. GABA helps to calm the mind and body because it naturally inhibits stress signals being sent to, and created by, the brain.
Enhanced muscle function
Although the main benefits of L-Theanine begin in the mind, these beneficial effects can then ripple their way through the body and manifest themselves in other ways, like a sort of chain reaction. For example, studies have found that individuals with elevated levels of L-Theanine in their systems, have far more functional muscular systems, meaning that not only do their muscles become bigger and stronger, they can also contract for longer, therefore making them more efficient. Studies have found that this is down to what is known as a “mind-muscle” connection.
Improved cardiovascular health
Studies have also revealed that this amino acid is able to benefit the cardiovascular system in many different ways. To begin with, it lowers blood pressure which means that it can reduce the likelihood of hypertension (high blood pressure) from occurring. It also lowers the heart rate, and boosts circulation. This means less chance of heart disease or a heart attack, and healthy blood oxygen transportation in general.