L-Theanine: Why Tea is the Original Productivity Hack

September 10, 2014

 

Tea’s unique combination of Caffeine and L-Theaninehelps put you in a focused mental state to get things done.

 

For thousands of years, monks have consumed tea for the “mindful alertness” that helps them stay awake and calm during long hours of meditation, and hunter-gatherer tribes throughout the Amazon have used teas to maintain focus and mental clarity while on the hunt.

What ancient wisdom has recognized is now being verified by modern science -- tea’s unique combination of caffeine and L-Theanine make this caffeinated beverage the smarter and healthier choice for enhancing productivity in our modern, fast-paced society.

 

So let’s cut to the chase: What can L-Theanine and Caffeine do for you?

 

The Science: How it works

L-Theanine is an amino acid found in teas that has a synergistic effect with caffeine. L-Theanine has been shown to increase alpha brainwave activity, the dominant brainwaves in people who are meditating or in “flow.” This mental state promotes relaxation, creativity, and selective attention. In conjunction with caffeine, L-Theanine helps to increase focus and concentration.
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Dr. Natasha Turner, a writer for the Huffington Post explains:


“Theanine works by increasing the production of GABA in the brain. Similar to the effects of meditation, it also stimulates alpha brainwaves naturally associated with deep states of relaxation and enhanced mental clarity. l-theanine may increase learning, attention and sensations of pleasure as well. These effects are likely due to the natural dopamine boost brought on by l-theanine. If you are wondering how something with caffeine can actually relax you, the L-theanine balances the stimulatory effects of caffeine so you stay alert without feeling jittery.”

And if that was not all, tea is good for you, too.

 

Holistic Wellness

Tea is chock-full of antioxidants (such as thearubigins, epicatechins, and catechins) that confer a bevy of benefits:

 

What Makes CogniTea Special

CogniTea is crafted with a focus on functionality. Not only is it good for you, but it provides real benefits you can use.

Specifically, our tea is carefully blended with 11 organic ingredients -- with powerhouse's like Guayusa, Yerba Mate, Goji Berries, Guarana, and Gingko Biloba -- and 5-20x the amount of L-Theanine as found in other teas. 

Research suggests that the optimal concentration of L-Theanine is about 100mg, in conjunction with caffeine in concentrations of 50-100mg.

Most Green Tea contains between 5-10mg of L-Theanine per serving, and between  24-45mg of caffeine per 8 oz. serving -- which means you would have to drink about 10 cups to obtain the same effect as one cup of CogniTea!

 


Whether you’re looking for a performance boost at work or in your daily life, tea’s abi lity to enhance concentration, increase alertness, and keep you calm under stress is a winning combination.

 

 


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