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If you suffer from anxiety and have been looking for something to help ease it, read this post. A little while back, I decided that I’d had it with the way I was feeling, and decided to try something called L-Theanine. I found mine at Puritans Pride. First here’s a little background on my situation.
I have suffered from mild anxiety since I was a teenager. I can remember my very first anxiety attack when I was 15 years old. I was walking from one class outside to our gymnasium………..that’s it. Nothing happened, there was nothing I was dreading in the next class, it just HIT me! I stopped walking and had this wierd feeling come over me, and had no clue what it was. I thought I was crazy. I just knew that I felt so freaked out and sad all at the same time, but not knowing why I was freaked out or sad. Up until a few years ago, I would have these anxiety attacks very sporadically, like once or twice a year maybe and it was pretty mild. However, the last 4 years, it seems to have come on me full force. I pretty much stay in a constant state of anxiety, and when it reaches it’s peak, it tends to get the best of me. The last few years, I’ve had pretty frequent and more severe anxiety attacks, about 1-2 per month!In the last year I’ve really been able to recognize the symptoms of an oncoming attack, and crazy as it sounds, I can usually feel one coming on a whole day before. It usually feels like I want to crawl out of my skin and I’m just completely unsettled. That, usually is accompanied by a tingling around my mouth. I’m a freak I know! I also started to notice that my anxiety for whatever reason, peaks now right before my menstrual cycle. So, that’s awesome right? Now my anxiety goes hand in hand with my PMS. Can you say Cray-Cray? My kids can :).I’m not sure if it’s a fluctuation of the hormones that really agitates my anxiety or vice versa, but whatever the case, it really sucks! When I had my last really bad anxiety attack about 4 months ago, it happened in front of my kids, in my vehicle. It was one I hadn’t even felt coming and it was one of the worst ones I’ve ever had. It was also super embarrassing for me, because usually I can feel it coming on, and I’ll quietly head into my bedroom or a bathroom and hide until it passes. My kids had never witnessed one of my attacks until that day.
After my more severe attacks, it usually turns into sobbing because, I don’t know why, and then after that, I’m wiped out for the rest of the day. Zapped! I decided then that I really needed to get something to help with this. Problem is, I have no insurance, but even if I did, I didn’t want a medication that was going to put me to sleep or turn me into a zombie. I set out to find something over the counter and came across L-Theanine at Puritans Pride
L- Thenaine is a natural phytochemical found in Japanese green tea. It’s a non-essential amino acid that is present in the brain. Studies have indicated that L-Theanine interacts with the neurotransmitter, GABA which is known for its importance in nervous system functioning. It works with the mood centers of the brain. Studies in Japan also show that L-Theanine helps support the body’s ability to deal with PMS and occasional every day anxiety.
L-Theanine from Puritan’s Pride comes in 200mg per serving. These are rapid release pills and recommended dosage is 2 capsules twice daily (I’ve only taken 1 capsule twice per day). It contains NO:
- artificial color, flavor, or sweetener
So far I have been taking this supplement for nearly 3 months, and the difference I have been able to tell with it is far beyond what I could have hoped for. I don’t even take it daily, I usually will take one capsule twice daily for the week before my cycle, and then as needed. I didn’t know whether this would help instantly, but a couple of weeks ago, I had been feeling more anxious than usualy, so I decided to take a capsule that day, and it helped calm me down. The L-Theanine does not make me drowsy/sleepy in the least, which I’m very glad for because I wouldn’t be able to take it otherwise. I have too many kids to be trying to sleep :). I have since been letting my 16 year old take these from time to time since he, like me, has some anxiety.
I can’t speak highly enough about the L-Theanine. I purchased 2 bottles when Puritans Pride was having a BOGO sale, and I’ll be making sure to keep this on hand both here at home, as well as keeping some in my purse and vehicle. If you or someone you know has issues with anxiety, I would highly recommend this product!
You can purchase L-Theanine at Puritan’s Pride:
- 1- 30ct bottle for $9.99 OR
- Buy 3 – 30ct bottles for $15.42 (Save 50%)