My personal health is something that I have paid a lot more attention to recently, while I do feel like giving myself the excuse that I'm only 22, I am still too young for that kind of thing, I know preparing your body with a good foundation is a habit that is never too early to start. With the positive results, I've teamed up with Mindful Matter for a free giveaway which you can enter on my Instagram!
Over the past year, I have introduced more vitamins, iron and Omega-3 into my diet, sometimes it's in supplement form whether it be Chinese herbs or amino acids, I read up on whether there are symptoms that I have that I wish to relieve.
One of the things that I have found harder to grasp and nurture is my mental health. There are literal, physical things I do to help myself cope and better improve my social anxiety, however it is only recently that I discovered there are supplements I can take for a calmer, healthier mind.
Mindful Matters, a new supplement company mindfully made in the UK in ISO certified facilities and undergo stringent third-party testing. They choose some of the most effective ingredients that naturally enable your body to maintain in its best form possible. One of their products and an amazing find is the L-Theanine (400mg) and here's my honest experience: The Almighty L-Theanine
What is it?
Theanine is an amino acid that is mostly found in tea leaves and fungi, it is a natural ingredient that researchers have identified as a highly effective supplement that helps improve mood and lower stress, and to protect the brain and the heart. While there are many kinds of Theanines, L-Theanine is the most beneficial of all.
What foods have a natural source of L-Theanine?
Tea, in particular black and green tea.
A single 200 ml cup of matcha tea contains 46 mg of L-Theanine
What benefits can you expect from it?
L-theanine relieves anxiety in large part because it bears a close resemblance to the brain signalling chemical glutamate. L-theanine produces the opposite effect in the brain. While glutamate is the brain’s most important excitatory neurotransmitter, L-theanine binds to the same brain cell receptors and blocks them to glutamate’s effects. This action produces inhibitory effects. That inhibition to brain overactivity has a calming, relaxing effect in which anxiety fades. In addition to blocking excitatory stimuli at glutamate receptors in the brain, L-theanine also stimulates production of the inhibitory, relaxing neurotransmitter GABA, adding to its calming, anti-anxiety effects.
Day 1 - 7
When I started taking the supplements, I was genuinely in a really stressed state. Work was busy, my personal life was complicated, I was getting very little sleep and I just wanted to see if this would help a little, if at all. I started the first day by taking an L-Theanine supplement pill an hour before bed, I don't know if it is supposed to be effective immediately but it did make me a bit more relaxed that evening. For the rest of the week, I took it around the same time and found that I was not only able to fall asleep a lot easier and quicker than even my normal state, I was also able to get a full 8 hours of undisturbed sleep.
Day 8 - 14
So I wanted to test out the calming and maintaining side of effects of L-Theanine a bit more and switched it up in the second week. Rather than taking it before bed, I took it in the morning after breakfast. For the first few days, I did find myself feeling relatively relaxed, this in combination with good sleep really helped boost my office morale during the week.
Day 15 - 21
With my mind naturally adjusting to varying sources of stress, I wanted to test other benefits that the internet claims the L-Theanine supplement to have. Due to the resemblance of heart palpitations and anxiety, I have always refrained from any food or drinks that might cause similar symptoms, one of which is caffeine. I combined a normal amount of coffee in the morning with my L-Theanine for the whole week. Safe to say, I found this incredibly delightful as I felt energetic and productive rather than my normally rather lethargic self.
Day 22 - 28
In the final week, I wanted to take what I learn't and set a routine that fits the L-Theanine in. As you only require one tablet a day, I would highly recommend taking it in the morning as it not only keeps you charged for work in the day, by the time you get off of work, you are nice and relaxed and can get to sleep perfectly. All in all I am thoroughly impressed how a supplement can make such a difference in such a short amount of time.
For more information, check out www.mindfulmatter.co.uk where you can purchase your own supplements too!