Not long ago, my friend Joy McCarthy invited me onto her podcast, “Joyous Health” to talk about hacking your way to optimal health. I’m always on the hunt for natural medicines that deliver on promise. During our conversation (about the 10:30 mark), I attributed part of my focus on some of the nootropics I take.
Nootropics are a class of smart supplements/drugs designed to improve cognitive function – particularly executive functions, memory, creativity, and motivation and willpower. The specific benefits will vary depending on the ingredients. I frequently suggest nootropics as a way to break through the fatigue, dust off the mental clutter and sharpen your mind.
I’m a huge proponent of theanine. It improves focus, concentration and alertness. While most things that do this are stimulants, theanine is unusual in that it is also a relaxant and supports sleep. As I told Joy, during those times when I have taken an unplanned break from Suntheanine (such as when I forget to bring it with me on vacation), I definitely feel the difference.
Keep in mind L-theanine is naturally found in green tea, but to achieve the nootropic effect, you need to consume it as a supplement.
Why Suntheanine specifically? I’m all about the ingredients, not the brand. Suntheanine is produced via a patented process that mimics the natural process in green tea leaves, resulting in a 100% pure L-isomer-theanine. Its safety and efficacy are substantiated by well over 80 clinical trials. I put boots on the ground and traveled to Japan to observe how it is produced for a documentary. I can confirm its transparency, purity, traceability and potency.
There’s another reason why theanine is a very interesting ingredient. If you enjoy coffee but caffeine gives you the jitters, you’ll want to know about this. Theanine counteracts the activity of caffeine. If you take Suntheanine with your coffee, you won’t feel that jitteriness.
As I told Joy, it’s almost like biohacking your way into a cup of superdosed green tea!