How to Stop Anxiety with L-Theanine

Fain's Herbacy in Eureka Springs, Arkanas
Fain's Herbacy in Eureka Springs, Arkanas | Source

Stress, anxiety, panic attacks - they are killers. Killers of mood. Killers of emotions. Killers of social ability. Killers of physical health. Killers of mental health.

Anxiety causes feelings of fear, paranoia, and debilitates our enjoyment of life. Stress brings on anxiety. The combination of stress and anxiety can bring on a panic disorder.

Many of us take anti-depressants and/or anti-anxiety medications prescribed by our doctor. While we should follow doctor’s orders, we should not fear investigating natural alternatives.

On one of my trips to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, I came across Dr. Fain’s Herbal Shop. At the time, school was about to start, and I had several other things on my plate. I felt like I was stressed to the max. I was anxious and felt panic attacks coming in waves.

When I walked into the shop, the knowledgeable assistant was able to help me immediately. “You need L-theanine, also known as theanine. You will take it any time you want, and it will help you relax without making you sleepy.”

"Will it make me hyper or jittery?" I asked.

"No, the exact opposite, and it is safe to take at high and low doses," she responded.

Really? Sounds too good to be true, but she was correct.

What is L-Theanine?

According to drugs.com, L-theanine is a “Gamma-ethylamino-L-glutamic acid” that is extracted from green tea leafs. A simpler way of putting it is that L-theanine is an amino acid found in tea leaves. When you are enjoying a cup or glass of tea, you are ingesting small amounts of L-theanine.

Tea is second only to water as the favorite choice of drink. You would need to drink 6 – 8 servings of tea to receive approximately 200 mg of L-theanine, which is the recommended dose to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.

L-Theanine

How L-Theanine Works

When L-theanine is taken, it interacts with a chemical in our brains known as gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). It increases the GABA in our brains, which has a natural calming effect on our systems reducing feelings of stress and anxiety.

L-theanine also increases the release of Serotonin into our bloodstreams. Serotonin helps us stay balanced to ward off anxiety. Its release also creates a natural calming effect without causing drowsiness.

L-Theanine neither makes you feel hyper or sleepy. It can be taken any time of day. Because it is simply a tea leaf extract, it is safe to take periodically throughout the day. Also, because it is so natural to our bodies, there have been no studies of it interacting negatively with other drugs, but you should talk to your doctor before taking it if you are pregnant or in chemotherapy treatments.

Benefits of Taking L-Theanine

Other than relieving stress and anxiety, L-Theanine can help with a variety of other ailments that are caused by stress and anxiety.

L-Theanine can:

  • help lower blood pressure
  • help mood swings
  • help women with PMS
  • help concentration
  • help memory
  • help support the immune system
  • help increase dopamine in the brain

The list can go on. Stress and anxiety can create many physical and mental issues in our bodies. Controlling them naturally with a natural supplement like L-Theanine can only help in calming stress and anxiety and giving your body the proper chemicals to help ward off unhealthy reactions.



  • skin sensitivity
  • racing heart
  • chest pain
  • muscle stiffness
  • sweating
  • shortness of breath
  • brain fog
  • teeth gritting or grinding
  • fear of losing control
  • fear of everything
  • feeling trapped
  • crying with no apparent reason
  • nervous
  • apathy
  • no feelings
  • grumpy
  • uncharacteristically blunt
  • detached from people and things you love
  • ominous feeling of doom
  • dry mouth
  • sleepless nights
  • bizarre dreams
  • worry, worry, worry

Symptoms of Anxiety

Symptoms of an anxiety attack, also known as panic attack, are too many to list here and can come in a variety of combinations or can show as just one. Here are a few to provide awareness:

  • chest tightness
  • blushing or feeling heat in your face and body
  • nausea
  • jittery
  • fear for self, others, and the world
  • body tremors
  • tired
  • depressed
  • overwhelmed
  • feelings of being helpless
  • dizziness or light headedness
  • unnatural often use of the bathroom for bowel and bladder movements
  • headache
  • joint pain
  • paranoia
  • feeling cold or chilled
  • hair loss

As we can see from this list, anxiety is not something to be ignored. It will cause physical and mental damage and possibly death. If experiencing many of these symptoms, a physician should be consulted.

L-theanine will help calm the body but if anxiety has been tearing down the body's ability to fight, more serious problems may have evolved.

Using L-theanine when stress, anxiety, and panic begin to start is one way of preventing levels of damaging health problems.

Being Overwhelmed - the Author's Experience

As I said earlier, I stumbled upon L-theanine in Dr. Fain's Herbal Shop. I am so glad I did. I take it every night before I go to bed just to keep it in my system. I am also one of those people who will lie down while that proverbial squirrel is still running on its wheel. Time for a tranquilizer, Mr. Squirrel!

Some people say they have replaced their Valium with L-Theanine. I have never taken Valium, but I do choose the homeopathic natural over the prescription.

I have a fear of flying. I go to New York each year to visit my brother. This year I had my L-theanine, and I am so glad. I felt a horrible panic attack coming on, with many of the symptoms listed above. I sporadically took three 200 mg L-Theanine capsules throughout the day to keep the anxiety at bay. It helped tremendously. I got on the plane without compunction.

Of course, I had to return home, so I repeated the process of taking the capsules before boarding my return flight.

I actually carry L-theanine with me everywhere. It makes anxiety and panic disorders so much easier to manage. I also share it with friends. My girlfriend had just found out her husband was leaving her, and I gave her two 200 mg of L-Theanine. It was not an answer to her problems with her husband but it calmed her down so she could think about how she needed to handle the situation.

I love the fact that it is safe to take a few L-Theanine when serious anxiety is overwhelming me. I could not do that with Valium without risking a drug overdose. L-theanine is fast acting - kicking in about 20 minutes after taking it. It has been a true life saver for me.

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What is GABA and why is it important? Identifies natural food sources for inducing GABA. Aids in reducing anxiety, maintaining muscle tone, improves sleep and mood.

Disclaimer

SHolland10 does not recommend taking L-Theanine if you have mental or physical issues that need the attention of a medical professional. This hub only explains her research and experience and is not meant to take the place of a doctor's advice.

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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Sholland,

Very informative hub! I enjoyed the information, the layout, everything! Hopefully this vital information can help some people out there!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I am all for taking a natural remedy rather than a prescription. I will keep this in mind should I or anyone I know ever need it. Really useful and informative hub!

Voted up ++ and sharing.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Hey Susan! Cool - I have never heard of this before. I do have trouble shutting my brain and thoughts out sometimes at night. I also do have a fear of flying! What is up with that? lol

I am going to check this out - sounds like a low dose could be good for everyone. Figures that it is in tea...amino acids are the building blocks!

Up and everything!


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donnah75 4 years ago from Upstate New York

Very informative article. With this chaotic world, we need all the natural remedies we can get, as the idea of perscriptions can be scary. Thank you for this information. I have been looking for just such a remedy. I will be checking into this further. Voted up.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Fortunately, I don't suffer from anxiety attacks but this sounds helpful for those who do. Voting this Up and Useful.


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Peter Geekie 4 years ago from Sittingbourne

Dear sholland10

A very good choice of an extremely useful material.

A well researched and written article.

Kind regards Peter


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AliceFSpencer 4 years ago from Texas

This is great Im set to go on a trip and my travel worry was kicking in I will look these up super excited for the info.. Voted up !!!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Susan....That is one heck of a list of "symptoms" for an anxiety attack, but I realize it's all quite accurate. What strikes me is that anxiety attacks, while serious enough to the sufferer, mimic so many other health issues, it's important to seek help and get answers for "what's going on" with us. This is a wonderful hub on this topic, Susan, that can benefit the ever-growing number of people who suffer with this malady. Thank you. UP+++


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I used to take l-theanine with melatonin to fall asleep. I have not seen it on the market lately. I really appreciate this complete hub about l-theanine...I learned so many things I didn't know. thanks for sharing all this great information. VOted UP.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Josh,

I hope it is as helpful to others as it has been to me.

Thanks so much for dropping by! :-)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Susan,

I am the same. If I can find a natural remedy, that is the way I am going to go.

Thanks so much for dropping by, voting, and sharing! :-)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hey Kelly,

I think as writers, we do have a difficult time trying to get our brains to quiet down when we need to relax.

That fear of flying is a biggy. The thing I love about L-theanine is that if I am not experiencing anxiety, I don't take it. But when I have so much on my plate or fear something, like flying, I take it and get relief.

Yes, I do encourage you to check it out. It is a natural miracle for me. OR, you could drink A LOT of green tea. :-)

Thanks for dropping by, voting, and sharing! :-)


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Lovelovemeloveme 4 years ago from Cindee's Land

Thanks for the hub

I saw on dr phil recently that drinking warm milk and taking a hot shower helps to calm the body. helps ppl goes to sleep. And sleep helps solve depression and anxiety attacks. Just thought I'd share this too.

good hub!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Donna, I hope you find some good results. I truly do swear by it for anxiety. :-)

Hey ALocsin, I am so glad you do not suffer from anxiety. My husband is the same way. If you know someone who does and who wants a natural way to help it, you might have them look into L-theanine.

Thank you both for dropping by, voting and sharing!! :-)


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Well written, researched and designed. I didn't know this about LTheanine. I am sure this will help many who seek a natural remedy for anxiety.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

@Peter - thank you so much! :-)

@Alice - good luck with your trip. L-theanine really does take the edge off my travel anxiety.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Paula, you are so right. Anxiety symptoms can mask a much bigger problem, and we should not ignore them and get to the doctor. I also believe anxiety and stress brings on bigger problems if not treated. It would be so nice if we could all do yoga consistently and be in a peaceful place. I cannot do that... I guess I am just a spaz. LOL I need a little help with my anxiety, and L-theanine has worked for me, but, again, we should all check with our doctors because our bodies react differently to all things.

So glad you dropped by! :-)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Carol! I have sleep disorders, so melatonin, for some reason, has never worked for me. I had to go through the sleep studies and have a prescription.

As I have gotten older, anxiety seems to be a part of life. I am so glad I talked to an herbalist with a PhD. It truly has been a life saver for me. I love that it doesn't make me sleepy, but I also love that it helps my brain stop spinning when I need to go to sleep.

Thanks so much for dropping by! :-)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

LoveMe, I absolutely agree that sleep is so important for our bodies to regenerate and heal. It also helps with our anxiety and stress levels. I have never tried the warm milk, but I do love hot baths before bedtime.

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Teaches, I hope it is helpful. Our society has so many things thrown at it every second of every day. I love when I find a natural way to protect myself.

Thanks so much for dropping by! :-)


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bdegiulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Susan, this is great information. My sister suffers from anxiety attacks so I will send this to her. Thank you for sharing this with us.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi BDegiulio! I hope it can help your sister. Having suffered from anxiety attacks, I know how awful it is. Finding a safe, natural way to deal with them has been a God-send.

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Great information Susan and very interestingly written. Your personal experience with L-Theanine is a bonus info.

Thanks for sharing. voted up, useful, interesting and shared.


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cloverleaffarm 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

Most anxiety is deep rooted,(unless you just have anxiety over a test or something) and one of the only ways to stop it is to find the "root" cause. Many of my clients have switched from meds to herbs or supplements, but the anxiety remains. One must find out the true cause to make it go way for good. A good counselor or therapist can help, along with supplements.


kelleyward 4 years ago

Wow I will certainly give this a try. I take Holy Basil for anxiety and it helps but I just wrote a hub about my recent anxieyt and panic attacks and used deep breathing to help. Voted up and shared. Fantastic hub! Kelley


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Rajan! I appreciate your comment, votes, and shares. :-)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

CLF, Many times it is something deeper when anxiety and stress hit us. I find that taking L-theanine helps me with the symptoms immediately. Sometimes, anxiety and stress are brought on by being overwhelmed by having too many things going on at once, which is what I believe my source of the problem is.

Thanks so much for your comment.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Kelley, I read your hub about deep breathing (a great hub). I believe it really helps, too. My problem is slowing down long enough to think about it. I never heard of Holy Basil. I find it very interesting how many things we can do naturally to help ourselves.

Thanks for dropping by, voting, and sharing! :-)


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BlissfulWriter 4 years ago

In addition to the L-theanine in green tea, other supplements that can help with anxiety is magnesium (the calming mineral) and B vitamins for the brain. Sometimes vegetarians experience anxiety due to low vitamin B12 which is typically only found in animal products.

Also I believe getting enough healthy fats for the brain would help as well. These includes monounsaturated fats from avocados and olives, omega-3 from fish, and saturated fat from clean pasture raised meats.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi BW, thanks so much for sharing other alternatives for helping anxiety. Very interesting, and I must look into these. L-Theanine has been a God-send to me.

Thank you for dropping by! :-)


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underwoodfc 4 years ago

I used to use L- Theanine but now prefer 5- HTP and Skullcap Tea


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Underwoodfc, I am glad you found something that works for you. Anxiety is so awful to deal with. L-theanine is working for me. We each have to find what works best for us.

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


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Jen Starryeyes 4 years ago from Trinidad

Oh my, your list of symptoms of anxiety attacks is so familiar, I'm currently going through a 'thing' that is causing me enough stress to cause me high blood sugar and I have experienced most, I got put on an anti anxiety medication that just makes me sleepy and dry mouthed. I definitely will try this natural remedy.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Jen. Be careful with your high blood pressure. You definitely want to follow doctor's orders. The L-Theanine will help you feel calm, but you won't feel sleepy. Since it is green tea extracts, it should be safe. Take care of yourself.

Thanks for dropping by!


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ahorseback 3 years ago

Sholland , I think I have the worst kind of a slug for a doctor ,been treated for anx./ depression for a few years now and nothing touches my anxiety levels! Deppresion yes ! But the anxst- levels have always been high. I'm going to try this ! Thank you and I'll leyt you know how it works !.....Ed Awesome hub !


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

I hope it works for you. It really works for me. You might also try adding green tea to your daily routine. I try to drink the decaf with lemon. You can get nearly any flavor. I just think the decaf is better when you want a calming feeling. Personal opinion...

Thanks for dropping by!! :-)


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LauraD093 3 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

Very informative and well done hub. Thanks for the information.


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Laura, thanks so much for dropping by. L-theanine is a God-send for me. :-)


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tammyswallow 3 years ago from North Carolina

I will have to look into this. Extreme traffic gets my anixiety going. I bet this could help since it is non-drowsy. Great hub!


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Tammy! It really helps me. It is nice because I feel a natural calm, and it helps me from getting too spun up over things. I am able to think clearer and concentrate on the matter at hand rather than the anxiety.

Thanks so much for dropping by! :-)


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torrilynn 3 years ago

thanks for the information on stopping anxiety

i love the fact that what you included was natural

and won't harm the body as other medications or remedies

might thanks again and Voted up


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi TorriLynn! For me, it has been very safe and effective. I guess if someone were afraid of it, they could drink 8 cups of green tea, but you may not get the same result of calming as soon as you get it with the capsule. Probably have to make more trips to the bathroom too, but that's okay - the kidneys would be flushed out. LOL ;-)

Thanks so much for dropping by and voting! :-)


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ib radmasters 3 years ago from Southern California

S Holland 10

Very interesting article.

I didn't know that about Theanine, although I do drink green tea everyday.

I also take Valerian.

The problem with both of these is the drug interaction with medications.

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When blood pressure medications or stimulants are taken together with L-theanine, drug interactions could potentially occur. These interactions can increase the risk of low blood pressure and decrease the effectiveness of stimulant medications. To help reduce the chances of developing negative L-theanine interactions, talk to your healthcare provider before taking any other medicines with the amino acid.


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hey IB! Yep, you should definitely talk to a doctor as I stated above before using any type of herb or medication. I could see where you would not want to take L-Theanine with a stimulant.

Thanks for dropping by!


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ib radmasters 3 years ago from Southern California

S Holland

Yes.

BTW, I don't believe that the doctors do a good job of telling their patients, especially those with many and heavy medications about drug interactions not only with other drugs, or supplements, but with the food that they eat.

Grapefruit interferes with many heart medications, and many amino acids like theanine, and herbs like valerian all complicate taking medications.

Perhaps pharmaceutical chemistry should be a high school course.

Thanks


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Usually a person with a doctorate in alternative health are the ones who will tell you not to take an herb or mineral. A good pharmacist will also weigh in, but you have to ask. Since medical doctors sometimes look down on alternative health/herbs, they simply tell us not to take it. I am leery to what some medical doctors say. For instance, L-theanine is simply a concentrated form of green leaves. I can see where it might interfere with a stimulant but no, for instance, for a surgery. It does not cause you to bleed more - like aspirin - and can help calm you before a surgery. So many things need to be taken into consideration. Common sense is the main thing. Ask questions, look things up, and be safe. :-)

Thanks for dropping by!


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Stamina1962 3 years ago from Jamestown, NY

Very well written and information packed. I hadn't heard of this alternative before and I suffer with anxiety daily. Thank you!


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Stamina! I know how you feel. L-Theanine works very well for me, but I advise anyone to do more research on it. I do not take any type of stimulant, so it is very effective for me. I hope you find relief.

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


Greg J. 3 years ago

I've taken L-Theanine for 2 days now, in the morning. It seems to give me a nice relaxed feeling, less time spent on negative ruminating thoughts. So, for my anxiety it's quite helpful.

I'll continue taking it once a day, hopefully I won't build a tolerance to it.

Thus far, I'm taking fish oil, magnesium, vit.D and now L-theanine.

Seems like a relatively harmless combination and I'd certainly like to find something natural rather than go the SSRI route.

Thanks for the article.


Greg J. 3 years ago

Hi SHolland10, just wanted to add to my comment above, with a few questions:

-How long have you been taking L-Theanine (Suntheanine)?

-What brands/mg would you recommend? (I'm trying the Natural Factors / Suntheanine 100mg, 60 chewables).

-How's your tolerance? Have you needed to boost the frequency or amount you take, to get that relaxed feeling?

-Anything else you're taking in conjunction with it, i.e. a cup of green tea with the pill? Other supplements, exercise, meditation,cognitive behavior therapy?

Just wanted to see if your experience seems to be in isolation from other factors, or if combined.

thanks again,

Greg


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Greg! I don't think you can build an intolerance to it, but you might want to look that up. I just know it soothes me without making me sleepy. It helps me calm down and concentrate when feeling a panic attack/anxiety. I can take it or leave it, depending on what is going on in my life. I take the same vitamins you take. I don't take anything with it to aid it. I believe it is a God-send.

I take the Source Natural brand, mainly. If I run out and don't have time to get it through the mail, I go to my local health store. I like the 200 mg capsules. When going through a difficult time, it was a safe alternative. I have taken on RARE occasions up to 6 capsules a day. That was only when I had some horrible things going on in my life - by no means typical. It does help me is all I can say. :-)

Thanks so much for reading and commenting. I hope L-Theanine helps you as much as it helps me.


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kikibruce 3 years ago from New York

WOW Susan-

I am running right to the store. I have had horrible panic and anxiety since I became I teacher. Thought quitting teaching would kill my anxiety, but it hasn't. I am still taking Klonopin daily. I feel enslaved by prescription meds and want my body to get back to normal. The strange part is I am anxious without really having too much to be anxious about (well, besides being unemployed). I just have a gnawing, general worry. Thank you for your excellent tale of your experience and endorsement of something natural that may bring me some peace. Excellent hub!


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi KikiBruce! I remember the first 10 - 15 years I taught school, I had a horrible panic attack the week before. I would dream of students rebelling against me. I still hate the first few days of school because it is all about establishing myself with the students - meaning I come off as a real B!+@# to them. Then, I am able to relax once I see they get it. I am so sorry teaching didn't work out for you. Maybe you will go back to it some day, or maybe you have a different path. :-)

I know what you mean about having anxiety for no apparent reason. I think that is what caused me to start taking it on a regular basis. Also, I can miss a dose and not feel withdraw from it. I love that it is natural and nonaddictive. I also love that I can either take it continually or as needed. There are days I have more stress, like everyone, and I take an extra capsule or two. It is a tremendous help. I hope it is for you, too.

Thanks so much for dropping by, and I hope you find peace. Take Care!


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ryanjhoe 3 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

I got panic attacks around two months ago, it feels terrible for me. It's great I found your hub, it's very informative. Would love to try with L-Theanine treatment if I get panic attacks again, but I hope it already gone forever. Thanks for sharing this, bookmark and voted up!


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Ryan, I hope you don't have panic attacks often. I keep L-Theanine on hand just in case. You might try drinking green tea on a regular basis. Take care!

Thanks so much for dropping by, bookmarking, and voting up! :-)


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Missy Mac 3 years ago from Illinois

Thanks for the informative article!!!


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

You are most welcome, Missy! Thanks for dropping by! :-)


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Feel-alive 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi sholland10. I have just wrote my first hub on how i beat anxiety and i would love for you to check it out? I must admit that i have never heard of L-Theanine before but this is very informative. In my hub i strongly recommend that no prescribed drugs are taken for anxiety because it only masks the problem and i love how this is a more natural remedy. :)


DocFain 3 years ago

Susan, this is a great write up and very thorough. I'm glad you're getting the word out on the amazing usefulness of natural products. My L-Theanine is Private Label ensuring potency and strength which is why it worked so well when you tried it. I mail order everyday across the country and Canada. At this point, I charge no tax and only a small shipping fee. Best of all when you mail order you buy into our expertise which is considerable and on any ailment (I have a long background in medicine). 479-253-5687


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Feel-Alive, I am so glad you found a natural way to deal with your anxiety. I believe it is much more healthy.

Welcome to HubPages!! You are going to love the the Hub community.

Thanks for dropping by!!


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Dr. Fain, I am so honored that you read my hub and approved it. I have so much respect for your knowledge and advice. I love receiving your e-mails and learning from you. I have ordered from your shop and everything is very reasonable and competitive with other natural health products.

We'll probably be in Eureka Springs, Ark, next month. Your shop is my favorite spot. I could stay all day. Thank you and your assistant for helping me and changing my quality of life.

I am so excited that you dropped by!! :-)


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Teresa Coppens 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Loved this article. I have some of the symptoms mentioned as does my son. He has taken the theanine and found some relief although the life of a teenager is a rollercoaster ride of emotions at the best of times. Your explanations were well written and simple to understand. I will be trying this myself and look forward to positive results!


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rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

Excellent article showcasing an alternative natural remedy that helps with anxiety issues. Thank you so much for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Teresa! L-theanine has really helped me through some stressful times and times of anxiety. The teen years are TOUGH! I hope your son can enjoy his youth. Sounds like you are on top of it. My two kids are in their 20's now, but I remember those emotional rollercoaster rides.

Thanks for dropping by!


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

You are quite welcome, Rose!

Thanks for dropping by and voting! :-)


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I've never heard of this before, but I'm glad I found this Hub! I don't suffer from too much stress, but I have a daughter who really would benefit from this information.

Voted up and will share.


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DreamerMeg 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

Very useful and informative, thank you.


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Mary, it has been a life-saver for me. I hope it helps your daughter. Thanks for voting and sharing! :-)

DreamerMeg, thank you! I hope it is helpful. I appreciate you dropping by! :-)


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passionate77 3 years ago

very helpful information sholland dear you shared here, i just bookmarked the post for further reference. i take green tea a lot but i think i will consult some doctor about starting taking it at daily basis, but anyway thanks a lot and blessings for sharing such a great personal experience.


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thank you, Passionate77! It has truly helped me. I encourage you to talk to your doctor before taking anything. We each have to do whatever works for us. :-)

Thanks for dropping by!


Shirley 2 years ago

Question...I have drank, once in the morning, macha green tea and after the 4th or 5th day notice a strong feeling like an adrenaline rush where my whole body tenses even my intestinal tract. I have taken L-theanine with the same results. Am I not taking enough or is there another answer to why this happens...thanx


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sholland10 2 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Shirley, I would not venture a guess. I have never heard of a reaction like yours. I would talk to an herbalist. Please take care, and stop taking anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. I am sorry I cannot be of more help. I know L-theanine works for me, but we each react differently. Again, take care! :-)


lorz 2 years ago

Hi. thank you so much for the info. My anxiety is caused by overdose of glutathione. Does the l-theanine help? I'm currently taking B complex, non acidic vit C. Magnesium and DGL w/ licorice for my acid reflex which triggers also.


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sholland10 2 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Lorz! Yes, the L-Theanine works. Does your combination work?

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Tessa 21 months ago

You have saved my life!!! I cannot begin to tell you how this product saved me. I have been sick with chronic high cortisol for 3 months that is killing me. Since taking this it stops the awful adrenaline rushes I get. This is a miracle! It has helped me get off clonazepam as well. Cheers to this wonderful product! I hope someone with high cortisol will read this and know that it could save your life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!


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sholland10 20 months ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Oh Tessa, I am so glad L-Theanine has helped you. I have taken it for anxiety, and you are right - it is a life saver! I am glad you found my article and it helped you, too. Thanks for dropping by!

Take Care and Best Wishes! :-)


Goldlesson 13 months ago

I just bought the L-Theanine.Havent taken it yet because im on antibiotics for the flu right now. I have to fly soon and im very claustrophobic. Ive also suffered from panic attacks since I was 4 years old now in my fifties and still on occasion suffer. Do you think this will help me with claustrophobia?


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sholland10 13 months ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Goldlesson! Sorry you are not feeling well. I hope you feel better soon. I cannot tell you if it will help with claustrophobia. I know it helps me with anxiety when I fly. Since it is equivalent to green tea, I feel safe taking it. Good luck!

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Adena Dries 6 months ago

Hi. I have just read your article and several others about l theanine. I am going to the store in the morning and purchasing some. I have suffered from severe panic disorder for almost 16 years now. It started when I was 19, shortly after I had my second daughter. It was a stress reaction to personal things going on at the time I guess. Anyways, I had such a wide range of symptoms, heart palpitations, numbing sensations, fear of dying, racing mind, bathroom issues, couldn't eat, but the scariest symptom for me is the dilation of my pupils. I can tell you I was to the ER and doctors like 15 times in a month. Not one doc knew what was wrong with me. I had CT scan and MRIs. Nothing. Finally, after googling my symptoms for a week or two I diagnosed myself with panic disorder. I went to my doc and told them what to put me on. I really didn't know about natural remedies then. I got Celexa. Worked great for a few months, then 911 happened. Needed something stronger. So Paxil it was. Now, Ive been on and off paxil for almost 16 years. Never fails, I ween off and something triggers my panic button. I was good till about 1 week ago. Been off the paxil for about 2 months. But, now my pupils keep switching dilating, my heart is racing, numbing sensations. Omg. And I have for kids. One who is about to turn 3 in a few days. My mind won't stop racing, I keep thinking I have a brain aneurysm or something. I need to focus but I refuse to go back on the paxil, that is an absolute last resort. I also do extensive research on something before I try it, I'm so paranoid of reactions. I recently tried the turmeric and pepper. That made my face feel, idk, kinda hot and spicy. So no more of that. I will try this and let you know. Thanks for the great information.


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sholland10 5 months ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Adena! Wow, you have had a time. I understand your feelings. Today is the day after the horrendous Orlando shooting, and it makes me feel very anxious and paranoid. L-theanine helps me, and I hope it helps you. I do not have to take it all the time. If you need something stronger, though, you should talk to your doctor. I have taken Zoloft in the past, but the L-theanine helps me. If you like decaf green tea, that is good too - which is what makes up L-theanine (you would have to drink 8 cups a day, though). I take two 200 mg capsules without any drowsiness. That is me, though. Everyone is different. Please keep me posted. Take care!! :-)


Jeannie 4 months ago

I have used l theanine from time to time with subtle results at 200 mg daily. How much is safe to take? Also, is there an interaction with alcohol or should I skip the l theanine on days when I may be having drinks with friends? Thank you!


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sholland10 4 months ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Jeanie! When I am having anxiety, I take two 200 mg capsules. L-Theanine is simply green tea extracts. I took it for anxiety before surgery, BUT each of us is different, so consult a doctor before doing that. I have taken it before going out with friends for drinks (a couple glasses of wine), but, again, that is me. One capsule is supposed to be equivalent to drinking 8 cups of green tea. I hope this helps.

Thanks for dropping by!! :-)

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