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Taylor Swift is just like us: she's looking for the next best cure for stress and anxiety.
She recently shared an interview with the magazine ELLE taking in vitamins and nutritional supplements to keep her mentally (and physically) healthy. "Vitamins make me feel so much better! I take L-theanine, a natural supplement that helps with stress and anxiety," she said. "I also take magnesium for muscle health and energy."
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What is L-Theanine?
"It's an amino acid (amino acids) protein building blocks that support the transmission of neurotransmitters to increase brain levels of dopamine and serotonin, the" feel-good chemicals, "explains Liz Weinandy, who at Wexner Medical Center Ohio State University is registered.
"L-theanine occurs naturally in green and black tea as well as in mushrooms," she says, but it's also most commonly taken as a supplement (Weinandy suggests two doses of 200 mg per day (See also: Are dietary supplements really safe?)
Does this actually help with stress / anxiety?
A small, double-blind, placebo-controlled study from 2016 found that participants taking L-theanine-based nutrients drank, drank significantly Compared with the placebo group, she reduced her stress response to a cognitive multitasking stress factor just one hour later The same group also experienced a decreased salivary cortisol response (a stress indicator) three hours after drinking the L-theanine based beverage.
Previous studies have also shown that L-theanine can relax the mind without causing drowsiness, may also increase mental alertness and arousal. Overall, however, there is not enough research to say that this can definitely help.
"While taking L-thenanin can not hurt you should not rely on it to make you feel stress and anxiety," says Weinandy. "The jury agrees, and if people take it and expect them to reduce their anxiety, they might be disappointed."
What you should know before buying a supplement
First, you should know that dietary supplements are not regulated. In essence, this means that a brand can claim "benefits" (ie, reduce stress, support immune function) without having to back it up. As mentioned above, there are some research findings that point to possible positive effects of mood when taking L-Theanine, but consult a doctor and / or dietician before you start with a supplement.
If you buy a dietary supplement to treat a specific symptom, such as stress or anxiety, Weinandy recommends first looking at how other factors can help increase those feelings, such as: B. too little sleep. It can not only increase cortisol levels but also increase belly fat. A healthy diet has also been shown to be effective against depression and anxiety. This makes it a great starting point before adding supplements, says Weinandy. (See: What you should know about the anti-anxiety diet)
And if you have low blood pressure you should skip it. "It has been shown that L-theanine lowers blood pressure so if you already have low blood pressure or are taking blood pressure medication, you should exercise caution," says Weinandy. Conclusion: Sure, these might be T-Quick, but only you and your doctor know what's best for your individual health. It is also important to be careful when it comes to supplements in general that are not regulated by the FDA. "Always talk to your doctor first," Jena Sussex-Pizula, MD, a University of Southern California doctor, told us. "Taking supplements before a complete diagnosis and talking with your doctor can be dangerous, delay the necessary care and interfere with other more appropriate medications."