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L-theanine for derealization and depersonalization? Hmmm…

L-theanine

There’s been a lot of interest in my derealization and depersonalization (DD) articles as of late. In response I did some additional research on relief options. Reading a DD sufferer’s recovery story, I came upon L-theanine.

L-theanine is derived from the amino acid, theanine. It’s typically found in the plant, camellia sinensis, used to produce Chinese tea. Another source is the mushroom, boletus badius.

One of the things that makes theanine unique is its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier.

Theanine has been known as a relaxing agent for centuries. And, in combination with caffeine, L-theanine is thought to improve cognition – perhaps even mood. As a matter of fact, it’s used in the caffeinated beverages marketed to improve attention and cognition.

L-theanine is also known to promote brain alpha wave production. Alpha waves are a type of brain wave that originate from the occipital lobe during eyes-closed wakeful relaxation. Interestingly, alpha waves are reduced when our eyes are open; as well as when we’re drowsy or asleep.

L-Theanine may also aid in the body’s immune response to infection

The FDA classifies L-theanine as generally recognized as safe (GRAS). FYI – that means, according to the FDA, it’s considered safe by experts; therefore it’s exempted from the usual Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) food additive tolerance requirements.

It appears as though L-theanine primarily impacts the most abundant inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA). One of GABAs unique characteristics is it’s located all over the brain. Hence, its work is said to be brain all-inclusive.

It’s believed GABA has the ability to unlock and actually bring to life anxiety-inhibiting receptors on nerve cells, and it also has sleep-inducing characteristics.

If there could be a substance that has the ability to stimulate that which is required to literally calm the nerves, GABA may just be lasso’d into being the one.

Now, it’s important that you understand I am not providing a recommendation here. As always, I’m simply passing along what may be some very helpful information.

An Internet search for L-theanine will bring you tons of results. Of course, most of the sites you’ll see will be trying to sell it to you. Be careful and perform your due diligence; however, it looks as though this is one supplement worth your time.

Any L-theanine users out there? Maybe you’ve used it in the past. Your comments will help us all. Won’t you?

  • Jaime

    Hmmm indeed….L-theanine sounds like it might be a good choice for helping me get off trazodone, seeing as how my brain must need all the support it can get. Thanks for this very interesting information!

    • Well, who knows, Jaime. I just happened upon the scoop – and when I researched it I found it to be one of the very few decent supplements in terms of safety and efficacy. Worth a look-see. I’m so glad you’re on board with us. Participation is what will make chipur a great resource. Oh – have you tried melatonin? It’s another one of the few supplements that’s worth a go.

  • Jaime

    No, I have not tried melatonin. But that’s a great idea. I’m very happy to have found this website. I’ve been reading a lot since I found it a couple of days ago. I’m grateful that you have put this together. Knowing your story makes it even better. So, thank you!

  • Keith wilson

    Suntheanine is the purest form it did help me with sleep

  • brittany

    Going to buy some l theanine later on today. I’m experiencing some depersonalization. I’ll let you know how I goes.

    • Hi Brittany! Glad you stopped-by and shared. Yes! Please do share how it goes. I’d (we’d) really like to know. Thank you…
      Bill