L-theanine is an amino acid that you might want to stock your bathroom cabinet with. Originally identified in tea leaves by Japanese scientists, this little hero has been known to promote sleep and restfulness as well as reduce stress and anxiety.

Whether taking it through a natural tea source, or a clean supplement (it’s available in liquid and pill form), L-theanine stimulates neurotransmitters, such as GABA (GammaAminobutyric Acid), dopamine and serotonin, to send messages to the brain to regulate mood, emotions, concentration, sleep and even appetite. With these brain calming chemicals in the system, the body is better able to relax, sleep or focus. Because the sleep-enhancing effect is a calming one, rather than a sedating one, L-theanine can also aid wakeful creativity and focus.

Parent Hive’s Tips

  • Please consult with your trusted medical practitioner or functional medicine doctor for age-appropriate dosage for babies, toddlers, children and adults.
  • For children, select an alcohol-free liquid, which can be dropped into the baby’s bottle.
  • Viridian and Solgar offer high-quality L-theanine in tablet form. 
  • Svasthya offers a 100% alcohol-free liquid version.

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