A potent bioactive found in black tea, green tea and certain types of mushrooms, L-theanine works synergistically with caffeine to promote focus, energy and concentration. * It also promotes a calming effect and overall mood support – a “focused zen,” if you will.*
I discovered the effects of L-theanine when I moved to Hawaii and started drinking matcha. While I’ve come to love the earthy, umami flavor of matcha, it wasn’t the taste that convinced me. Thanks to L-theanine, I enjoyed all the focus and concentration benefits of the caffeine in matcha without the jitters or dreaded caffeine crash I knew all too well from my coffee drinking days.
I had stumbled upon a whole new world of opportunity. While L-theanine is often associated with matcha and other green teas, some smart nootropic supplements (i.e., supplements that promote cognitive function) also include this naturally occurring compound in their formulas to help calm the central nervous system and support brain performance.* combined with caffeine, the synergistic cognitive effects are unparalleled, something I have experienced firsthand.*
According to studies published in Nutritional NeuroscienceI’m not the only one to have felt the cognitive benefits of this dynamic duo. A 2008 study found that L-theanine and caffeine in combination helped people tackle cognitively demanding tasks quickly and accurately and made them less prone to distraction.* Similarly, a 2010 study found that the connections also worked together to significantly improve alertness and the ability to focus.*
With all these incredible benefits in mind, you can imagine my excitement when I discovered that mindbodygreen launched a focus supplement with a range of nootropic botanicals, including this strategic duo: plant-derived caffeine and the bioactive L-theanine.