L-theanine is considered a non-dietary amino acid, but it can still provide a wide range of potential benefits when supplemented. Read ahead to learn more about this nootropic and how you may use it to enhance cognition.
WHAT IS L-THEANINE POWDER?
L-Theanine Powder is a nootropic compound that is derived from Camellia sinensis–the tea plant. Black, green, and white teas all come from the Camellia sinensis plant and also provide the compound. L-Theanine is an amino acid, but it isn’t an essential amino acid or one of the more common nonessential amino acids that you might be more familiar with.
Although tea has been consumed for centuries and touted for its benefits for just as long, it was only in 1949 that L-Theanine was discovered as a constituent in green tea. L-Theanine has been used in various food and drink items in Japan since the 1960s. Perhaps surprisingly, L-Theanine can provide an umami (savory) flavor.
HOW DOES L-THEANINE POWDER WORK?
L-Theanine is structurally similar to Glutamine. It produces the neurotransmitters GABA and glutamate, which work within the brain following oral consumption and provides feelings of relaxation.