Adrenal Fatigue and L-Theanine

Adrenal fatigue is an overlooked condition by many medical doctors.  Most commonly caused by stress, adrenal fatigue can result from one large event or years of constant stress from physical, mental, or environmental factors that eventually causes your glands to fatigue.  (There are cases where adrenal fatigue is caused by autoimmune disorders and infections.) Adrenal fatigue causes a variety of symptoms including overall exhaustion, insomnia, and anxiety.

L-theanine is an amino acid found at varying levels in tea, green tea has the highest amount. L-theanine has a calming effect on the body because it is used in the process of creating “feel good” hormones such as dopamine and serotonin. L-theanine also assists in reducing anxiety and staying alert by the increase of alpha waves in your brain.

L-Theanine has been shown to be an effective treatment for adrenal fatigue because it increases the release of a prominent neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA).  GABA then increases the release of dopamine and serotonin.  The increase in relaxation reduces stress, which then allows your adrenal glands to relax, helping them to heal and not be constantly active.

References: “L-Tehanine, Fatigue and Adrenal Support” 2011. “Amino Acids and Adrenal Support.” 2011.

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