Alert, yet calm…it’s the holy grail of mental states. Shifting from frazzled or sluggish to cool as a cucumber may be only a sip away. L-theanine, an amino acid found naturally in all varieties of tea, just might help to get you on the right wavelength, literally. Clinical trials have shown that l-theanine increases activity in your brain’s alpha wavelength. This wave — there are five — is the one you want your brain to ride when you’re awake, because it taps into your intuitive voice and encourages an attentive, relaxed, creative state. If you’re feeling stressed or anxious, or having trouble focusing, try sipping on green or black tea rather than coffee, and see if you notice a difference. You can also try pure L-theanine — 200 to 400 mg once or twice daily — to help ease stress and improve your focus. (Be sure it isn’t blended with other supplements. Talk with your doctor first if you take blood pressure medicine since L-theanine lowers blood pressure.) Stop by our Wellness Store for a few brands that have us stoked
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