To avoid too much lost productivity from anxiety natural health enthusiasts here in Syracuse are always searching for good natural remedies to deal with this problem. Among many natural supplements such as vitamin B complex, zinc, chamomile, and valerian suggested by Dr Earl Mindell for anxiety in “Natural Remedies for 150 Ailments”, exercise is also suggested. Therefore it is generally a good idea to take a long walk or bike ride in the fresh air by Onondaga Lake to help deal with anxiety.
Now there is evidence an amino acid found in tea may also help people cope with anxiety. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine has published “L-theanine May Improve Attention in Patients With Anxiety.” A new study from Japan says that daily supplementation with L-theanine, which is an amino acid found in tea, may help people with anxiety disorders focus better on their daily activities. In this study it was confirmed a dose of 200 mg of L-theanine was optimal to enhance visual attention and to increase reaction time response in participants who have a high propensity for anxiety. This study has been published online in the Journal of Functional Foods.
L-theanine has been used in recent decades “to relieve muscular tension and reduce stress, promote relaxation, and improve sleep quality.” Neuroprotective effects and improved attention have been associated with L-theanine. This amino acid is found in tea leaves in very low concentrations so effective dosage levels of 100-200 mg/day cannot be delivered via cups of tea. L-theanine supplement has therefore been used for this study.
Participants in the study who had high-anxiety were found to have slowed heart rates, improved attention, and quicker reaction times than those in the minimal anxiety group. The control group did not appear to benefit from the supplementation. This study is significant regarding potential new alternative treatments of anxiety and other mood disorders in view of the fact that conventional antianxiety treatments depend on drugs which cause drowsiness, impair concentration, and slow reflexes.
Mandel News Service