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In all of my travels, I have never experienced anything like this…
There’s a bare-breasted beauty pointing at a plant…
…and through a translator, she’s telling me how she and her husband do it 10 times.
“Per week?” I ask.
“No,” the translator assured me, “per night.”
And then she’s showing me the jungle juice that she’s giving her husband every night…
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Hey, Matt Cook here, and over the years I’ve written numerous articles about the benefits of L-theanine – a protective substance found in tea.
The following experiments are perhaps the most exciting in L-theanine research reports to date.
Stress causes changes to the body.
It alters the immune system – leading to inflammation. This then alters brain hormones.
Lowering brain inflammation, as well as correcting the immune system problems which lead to depression and anxiety, have been a goal of neuroscientists for a long time.
And this recent study shows that L-theanine can do just that.
The animal experiments were carried out at Sri Ramachandra University in India. The findings were published in Biomedical and Pharmacology Journal.
Long before the theories of altered brain serotonin, every family doctor knew that stress can trigger depression and other mental problems.
This occurs as inputs from the brain alter the immune system leading to inflammation.
“A long-term stressful event in life alters the immune system and is a major factor for the development of psychopathological conditions.”
We now know that inflammatory proteins (cytokines) are the driver of these changes inside the brain which cause ongoing problems.
“Neuro inflammatory cytokines have a key role in mediating neurochemical and neuroendocrine systems causing behavioral disorders and cognitive impairment.”
Commonly recommended treatments for these conditions don’t treat the problem by addressing this central mechanism.
“Current antidepressants are unable to correct neurotransmitter levels by inhibiting cytokine expression.”
But what about L-theanine?
“We investigated L-theanine on stress induced neuro-inflammation, anxiety, depression, learning and memory impairment.”
The researchers carried out their experiments using 3 groups of mice with 8 mice in each group.
Group 1 received no treatment and lived a normal life.
Group 2 were chronically stressed for the 3 weeks of the experiment.
Group 3 were subjected to the same stress and also treated with L-theanine.
The stress treatment involved restraining the animals inside a small container for 6 hours a day.
This type of procedure has been going on for decades and it is well proven to alter inflammation, brain chemicals and brain hormones.
After 3 weeks of this, the animals were put through numerous tests.
The tests looked at behaviors indicating anxiety and depression levels.
Blood tests looked at changes in the brain and alterations in inflammatory markers in the blood.
The open field behavioral test assesses anxiety.
It involves placing the animal in a square container with a number of smaller coloured squares on the floor.
Anxious animals move less, explore fewer squares and tend to stick to the outside of the testing box.
That test showed that L-theanine lowered stress-induced anxiety.
The forced swim test is another old behavioral test.
It involves putting the animal in water and seeing how long they will swim without giving up.
It’s a test of will to live and levels of depression.
Chronically stressed and was given L-theanine performed much better in the forced swim test.
Those animals also performed much better in the novel object recognition and maze task.
In other words – L-theanine protects stressed animals against cognitive impairment associated with depression.
“L-theanine significantly reversed the effect of stress on behavioral changes, memory impairment, anxiety, and depression.”
A number of inflammatory proteins (cytokines) are elevated in the blood of people with depression. These include IL-6 and TNF alpha.
L-theanine reduces the levels of these inflammatory proteins in stressed animals.
“L-theanine significantly reduced inflammatory cytokine expression.”
Another piece of the puzzle is changes in neurotransmitters – brain chemicals which are altered by stress.
L-theanine prevented major alterations in brain chemicals otherwise triggered by chronic stress.
“L-theanine restored neurotransmitter levels in the prefrontal cortex.”
Finally, the researchers looked at corticosterone levels.
Corticosterone is the animal equivalent of cortisol – a hormone chronically elevated in stress.
L-theanine blunted the stress induced rise in corticosterone.
“L-theanine lowered the corticosterone levels in the plasma of chronically stressed mice.”
We know from human experiments that L-theanine does similar things in humans – it lowers salivary cortisol levels.
The research shows a remarkable reduction in anxiety and depressive behaviors – as well as its neuroprotective effects against stress in animals supplemented with L-theanine.
Similar things have been noted in less detailed human experiments.
But this research outlines the role of L-theanine in lowering inflammation which has downstream behavioral effects.
—-Important Message About Feeling Anxious—-
I use this Pointing Finger technique whenever I’m feeling anxious…
Sometimes anxiety gets the best of me…
And I can’t sleep, can’t eat, and can’t be intimate with my wife.
It used to be that sex with my wife would cure my anxiousness!
But what do you do if you can’t get rocky?
That’s what started happening to me… my everyday anxiety transformed into performance anxiety…
And I’m thinking — come on, it’s my wife! I have nothing to be anxious about.
But that’s not how the brain works sometimes… or the male member…
So I looked for a solution to this problem… and I found something that is working well for me today.
I call it the Pointing Finger technique and it helps my anxieties melt away, so I can get back to enjoying my wife (and my life) again.
You may want to try it if you are also struggling with performance anxiety.