hard to find a natural antidote to today’s overstressed world. The
encouraging news is that lemon balm(Melissa officinalis), a
plant native to the Mediterranean region, has been clinically
provento reduce anxietyby 49%and sleeplessness by up to 39% in as
little as 15 days.1 What’s more, lemon balm
produces these calming effects while also enhancing memory and
lemon balm extract is prepared from special lemon balm chosen for its
high concentrations of hydroxycinnamicand rosmarinic acids. These
active lemon balm constituents appear to enhance mood by modulating
specific nicotinic and muscarinic receptors in the cerebral cortex of
from relieving everyday stress and sleep problems, the
anxiety-relieving properties of this plant extract may also offer
smokers relief from the mental stress of quitting, aid in leveling mood
swings, support female balance, and promote a feeling of satiety.
Japanese have long known that theanine,
an amino acid derived from green tea, is a natural relaxant that
drowsiness, impaired thought, or other side effects.
produces tranquilizing effects in the brain in ways that have been
compared to meditation, massage, and aromatherapy.
induces relaxation without causing drowsiness. In fact, studies show
that theanine enhances the brain’s ability to concentrate, learn, and
remember. Unlike caffeine, theanine increases GABA (gamma-aminobutyric
acid), an inhibitory neurotransmitter that not only induces relaxation
but also produces a sense of well-being. Theanine also increases levels
of dopamine, a critical brain hormone that is depleted by various
A host of health-enhancing benefits
shows that theanine has numerous health-enhancing effects, including
protecting cognitive function. In studies of neurons in cell culture,
theanine significantly reversed glutamate-induced toxicity, a major
cause of degenerative brain decline.
on an enormous amount of published data showing the multiple beneficial
effects of lemon balm extract and theanine, Life Extension has combined
these potent but safe nutrients into a new formula called Natural
theanine used in the new Natural Stress Relief is Suntheanine®, the
only pure form of L-theanine available worldwide and the only form
protected by 40 internationally recognized patents and scientifically
proven in clinical studies to be safe and efficacious. Independent
laboratory analysis has verified that certain other products on the
market claiming to contain “L-theanine” are only half L-theanine, the
other half being a different form of theanine known as “D-theanine”
which has not been scientifically evaluated in published studies.