L-Theanine: A Modern Panacea?

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L-theanine: A Modern Panacea?

We can all envision that relaxed sigh from the first sip from a nice cup of tea. Why is tea so relaxing? Research suggests that the calming properties of tea are partly due to L-theanine, an amino-acid constituent of tea which is commonly used for anxiety relief.

Today, renown cancer care specialist Dr Lise Alschuler takes us through the diverse range of conditions for which L-theanine may be useful from the more obvious uses such as anxiety, insomnia, ADHD and learning, through to emerging uses including immunity, cardiovascular health and promising applications for co-therapy with chemotherapy.

It seems that the therapeutic actions of L-theanine are congruent with the demands of some of our most common chronic health issues, making us pose the question:

is L-theanine the panacea to modern life?

Covered in this episode:

[02:05] Welcoming back Dr Lise Alschuler
[04:16] Introducing today's topic: The compound L-Theanine
[04:41] What is L-Theanine and how is it synthesized?
[06:52] Lets explore some of the uses?
[10:04] The importance of selecting your extract wisely
[12:07] How quickly does L-Theanine produce effect?
[13:58] Suitable for other manifestations of anxiety
[16:13] Action in combination with chemotherapeutics
[19:32] L-Theanine is beneficial in cardiovascular disease
[20:49] Does L-Theanine have anti-psychotic applications?
[22:10] Safety and Toxicity?
[22:46] The role of L-Theanine in caffeine modulation
[26:11] Could it be useful for "Chemo Brain"?
[28:22] Immune benefits via gamma-delta T Cell support
[30:55] Reviewing actions discussed so far
[31:53] Antioxidant benefits of L-Theanine
[33:04] Are there any negative effects to be aware of?
[38:28] Final summary

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Dr Lise Alschuler
Dr Lise Alschuler is a naturopathic physician with Board certification in naturopathic oncology. She practises naturopathic oncology at Naturopathic Specialists LLC in Scottsdale Arizona, specialising in prevention and naturopathic care for people who have been affected by cancer in their lives. Dr Alschuler has authored many articles in professional and popular press publications and co-authored The Definitive Guide to Cancer: An Integrative Approach to Prevention, Treatment and Healing. She also travels the world giving presentations about integratied healthcare, naturopathic medicine and naturopathic oncology. Dr Alschuler currently serves as the President of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP).