Amino Acids: The Benefits of L-Theanine

Let’s start off with some background information on amino acids. Many of us have heard of amino acids in our biology or organic chemistry courses, but why are they so important to our bodies? Amino acids play a significant role in developing proteins within our bodies. They also are crucial for encouraging muscle repair, healthy tissue growth, and regulating immune function. There are twenty-two amino acids, but the spotlight is usually on the nine essential ones. These nine essential amino acids can’t be naturally produced in our bodies and are required from other sources. On the other hand, non-essential amino acids are produced in our bodies on their own and they play a vital role in eliminating toxins or supporting metabolism. 

Now that we have some background information on amino acids in general, let’s dive in deeper to a specific one called L-Theanine. This amino acid is specifically found in tea leaves or mushrooms but it can also be found in supplements. It is most commonly known and used for the relaxation benefits, however, there is a long list of benefits. Studies have shown that it can significantly reduce the negative feelings of stress and relieve anxiety. It has been found to have a synergistic effect when combined with caffeine as it can increase attentiveness. Individuals often feel more alert in thirty minutes or less. L-Theanine can boost immunity, control blood pressure, improve the quality of sleep, give sinusitis relief, and even boost the effectiveness of cancer treatments. 

Here are some links to recipes that have either have L-Theanine in them naturally:

Coconut Matcha Latte

Matcha Chia Seed Pudding

Chocolate Matcha Butter Cups

Matcha Granola with Blueberries

Vanilla Matcha Protein Smoothie

Dark Chocolate Matcha Date Bars

Healthy Matcha Green Tea Coconut Fudge

L-Theanine Packed Matcha Green Smoothie

Resources:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/essential-amino-acids

https://www.vitalproteins.com/blogs/stay-vital/what-are-amino-acids