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?