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Like Lavender Essential Oil, L-theanine can be found in a substance that has literally thousands of years of use for its health-benefitting properties. The counterpart to amino acids L-glutamate and L-glutamine, L-theanine is a constituent of green tea. Although green tea can be highly caffeinated, it doesn’t seem to have a stimulating effect, and research is beginning to demonstrate that this may be due to L-theanine.

While most of the current research revolves around its “soothing” and stimulant-inhibiting effects when combined with caffeine, the research regarding its sleep-promoting benefits is growing. In clinical trials, L-theanine has shown the ability to help subjects stay asleep and get higher quality sleep.

Use of L-theanine has been shown to improve both sleep efficiency and sleep latency. Though the underlying mechanisms aren’t yet totally understood, it is thought that the sleep-related benefits of L-theanine consumption are due to its ability to stabilize the glutamatergic concentration and alter levels of serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the brain.

Like Lavender Essential Oil, when consumed, L-theanine influences neurotransmitter activity to encourage the development of better sleep hygiene and more effective rest.

doTERRA Serenity Restful Complex Softgels combine Lavender and L-theanine with other sleep-promoting botanical extracts. Complementing your normal bedtime routine with Serenity Softgels may be the nutritional support you need for effective sleep and optimal well-being.  


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