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I have been meaning to write about supplements for some time now, and I figured this would be the perfect opportunity. Since December, I have been playing with different natural supplements to help with my mental health and my general overall well being. I must have tried at least 15 different supplements just for anxiety alone. I was getting sick of the nervousness, the agitation, the panic attacks, and all of those other lovely symptoms that can come with high levels of anxiety.
I’m not going to lie, there were some products that were an absolute waste of time and money. However, there were others that helped me much more than I had anticipated. This means that I have quite a few supplements to offer my honest opinion on. I’ve tried everything from Kratom (love) to Gaba (dislike) and I even played with some Nootropics (some good, some horrible). And one of those few that worked wonders for my anxiety and sleepless nights was the L-Theanine. I got one brand and stuck with it because I was worried that playing around with the brands would ultimately be more harmful than beneficial in the end. So, I just always ordered the Nature’s Trove. It goes for about $9.45 on Amazon.
My Own Experience With L-Theanine
My personal experience with it was that, yes, it does work wonders for anxiety – at least for me. But since I buy the 200mg veggie caps, it can also be used as a sleep aid as well; I briefly touched on this subject above. Finding out that it can lull me to sleep was actually a blessing in disguise because if you were to read some of my older posts, you would know that sleep was almost nonexistent in my life. L-Theanine does come in different doses but I have always stuck with the same one and since mine is considered a higher dose, that could play a role in why it makes me drowsy.
The Reasons L-Theanine Helps With Anxiety
The reasons that it helps with anxiety and can evaluate mood is because it can affect the alpha waves inside your brain. This can induce a state of natural relaxation and a sense of calm. It is also said to release dopamine, but not to the point that it would cause addiction since it only releases a tiny bit. Dopamine is something that can make you feel nice, calm, and relaxed.
This product is also said to increase serotonin levels within the brain. Serotonin is responsible for making us happy and putting us in an elevated mood. An increase in this chemical can help stop obsessive and negative thoughts in their tracks. CalmClinic.com also says that L-Theanine can increase Gaba inside of our brain which is responsible for slowing the neural processing down which will, in turn, provide you with a relaxed state of mind.
For An Added Boost…
Needless to say, there are multiple reasons as to why Nature’s Trove | L-Theanine is said to work. But If you want to forget all the third party input. In my opinion, it has really helped me. I have also occasionally combined it with caffeine for an added boost of calmness with energy without feeling jittery or irritable from the caffeine. It is said to improve memory and help with your reaction time. Which, either it was a placebo effect or it actually worked out that way the times I have combined the two together.
Samantha is the author of "My Bipolar Mind: You're not alone," she is also a freelance writer, blogger, and mental health advocate who runs and manages her own mental health blog MyBipolarMind.com.