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by Tony Gjokaj July 23, 2020 4 min read
I was a heavily-caffeinated college student.
It was pretty overwhelming for me: working over 40+ hours a week as a Liquor Manager and Pharmacy Clerk, and going to school full-time while consulting small businesses.
I worked with alcohol, drugs, and had a passion for fitness - oh the irony.
I was on edge and stressed out most of the time... and the heavy stimulatory effects of caffeine didn't really help to drink a few cans of Monsters. Yet I heard a lot about the calming effects of green tea with caffeine, so I gave it a shot.
This helped a bit, then I started to explore why green tea benefitted me... and then I found l-theanine.
This was a game-changer for me.
In this post, we are going to dive in-depth on L-theanine, one of my favorite amino acids that inspired my journey into nootropics... and ultimately started the path to creating Reforged. We will introduce it, talk about its various benefits, and how to use the amino acid in its entirety.
Let's dive in!
L-theanine is a non-dietary amino acid that's commonly found in green tea. We can trace its roots back to China and eastern cultures. Well known for it's anti-anxiety and anti-stress properties, l-theanine has essentially been utilized for over 1700 years.
L-theanine elevates the levels of GABA and glycine, allowing increases in serotonin and dopamine. These are neurotransmitters that have everything to do with our emotions, mood, focus, sleep, and more. This makes L-theanine one of the most versatile nootropics one can utilize
We believe l-theanine is one of the best brain booster and mood enhancer you can have in your arsenal.
Here are a few of L-theanine's main benefits:
Overall, L-theanine is an amino acid that reduces or inhibits the effects of stress responses to the brain. Think of incredibly stressful situations when you're in a reactive state - your blood pressure and heart rate increase. L-theanine helps reduce the effects of this state.
While we did mention that L-theanine improves cognition, we wanted to dive in deeper to how it improves memory, focus, and attention.
According to one study, frequent usage of L-theanine reduces oxidative damage and protects your neurons from injury. When it comes to individuals with brain degenerative disorders, nootropics like L-theanine are incredible.
L-theanine is most commonly used in synergist to caffeine. The reason for this is that L-theanine typically helps minimize the negative stimulatory effects of caffeine. In addition, it has been shown to improve reaction times and attention when combined with caffeine.
L-Theanine is an amino acid that is commonly used in meditation and holistic health for its calming effects.
With that being said, L-theanine can potentially be used for sleep as well. While we don't have many studies on it, one animal study showed that it had some counteracting effects on caffeine-induced sleep disturbances. In another study, L-theanine helped with sleep quality, and the time it took to fall asleep in boys with ADHD.
L-Theanine would help with sleep If you drink caffeine in the late afternoon, or when you feel restless, or even if you want that calming effect before bed. For sleep, we would recommend supplementing it with 500mcg or 1mg of melatonin.
Here are our recommendations when taking L-theanine:
When it comes to L-theanine, please be aware that it may interact with other medications, so always consult your doctor or physician before taking it.
As I mentioned, L-theanine is one of my favorite nootropics, and for good reason: it has truly augmented or elevated my lifestyle.
By taking L-theanine, expect the following benefits:
L-theanine is one of those supplements that can be used for various situations and occasions, making it a very versatile supplement.
L-theanine is one of the components found in our sleep supplement, Drift. We used this because, after a day of caffeinated beverages, we want to provide you a calming and soothing effect before bed. In addition, this will help reduce any stimulatory effects you had from your late afternoon caffeine.
You'll experience some solid sleep from this one.
Drift away with us by getting yours here.
And with that, we want to thank you for taking the time to explore L-theanine, one of our favorite nootropics that has definitely elevated our lifestyle.
If you have any questions, comments, or insights, throw them below or email me at email@example.com.
Until next time, Reforged Warriors. Now, go out there and crush your goals!
Tony is the Owner of Reforged. He is a PN1 Certified Nutrition Coach and has been in the fitness space for over a decade. His goal is to help millions exercise their way out of depression and anxiety.
by Tony Gjokaj April 25, 2023 3 min read
Exercise can feel like a chore, and even if you know it’s good for your health, the motivation to get moving sometimes just isn’t there.
But it doesn’t have to be a burden - by making exercise meaningful to you, it can become something fun and rewarding!
Here are five ways to make exercise more meaningful!
by Tony Gjokaj October 07, 2022 4 min read
Men, I know what it is like to be overweight and depressed.
Not having the energy to do anything but relax and sleep.
While relaxation and sleep are incredibly important, they can make us feel like we are not making progress in our lives.
And when depression hits, it’s very difficult to push through with exercise and weight loss.
But did you know that even though it takes time and some effort, you don’t need to get obsessively crazy over it?
In fact, with just a few small adjustments, you can lose weight, fight back against depression, and take your life back.
If you're serious about shedding pounds and pushing away those depression demons, here are five tips that can help get you started.
by Tony Gjokaj September 05, 2022 4 min read
A few weeks ago, my buddy Grant and I talked about nutrition.
We talked about how he's lost over 120 pounds so far with the weight loss progress he's been making.
This is all because he has been making healthier decisions over time.
One of the newest challenges he's facing right now is he's got a new job. He's working 10 to 12 hour days with physical demanding labor.
And what's been happening for him is that he's been super exhausted, he's not motivated to meal prep, he's having trouble trying to sit down and cook foods doesn't have the energy doesn't have the time.
So what I propose is five tips that you can use to live a more on the go fast food healthy eating lifestyle.
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