The Japanese have long known that L-theanine, an amino acid derived from green tea, is a relaxant that helps inhibit stress.14-18
L-theanine produces calming effects in the brain in ways that have been compared to meditation, massage, and aromatherapy.
L-theanine induces relaxation. In fact, studies show that L-theanine enhances the brain’s ability to concentrate, learn, and remember.
L-theanine increases GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), an inhibitory neurotransmitter that not only induces relaxation but also produces a sense of well-being. L-theanine helps maintain healthy levels of dopamine, a critical brain hormone that is depleted by age-related stress factors.
A Host of Health-Enhancing Benefits
Research shows that L-theanine has numerous health-enhancing effects, including promoting healthy cognitive function. In studies of neurons in cell culture, L-theanine has shown to inhibit glutamate- or other neurotoxicant-induced neurotoxicity, a major effect of normal brain aging.
The L-theanine used in Enhanced Stress Relief is Suntheanine®, the only pure form of L-theanine protected by 40 U.S. and international patents.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a perennial herb in the mint family native to the Mediterranean region, has been scientifically validated to help promote sleep and relaxation.
What’s more, lemon balm produces these calming effects while also enhancing memory and attention!
Based on an enormous amount of published data showing themultiple beneficial effects of lemon balm extract and L-theanine, Life Extension has combined these potent nutrients into a formula called Enhanced Stress Relief (30 vegetarian capsules).