In this article we look at the science behind taking both ashwagandha and l-theanine together.
High quality l-theanine together with KSM-66 ashwagandha is one of our absolute favorite natural supplement combinations. This combination can help lower stress, reduce anxiety, improve sleep, improve mood, and improve mental focus and concentration
The answer is really a personal choice. Some people prefer one over the other. Many people enjoy them in combination.
Ashwagandha works by:
Check out our article to learn more about KSM-66 ashwagandha
Chronically high cortisol levels are a problem in our society, and they create a lot of elevated health risks. If you can lower your cortisol levels, then you can sleep better, feel less stressed and less anxious, have lower inflammation, and be in overall better health.
L-theanine works in a few major ways:
For more information click here to learn more about-l theanine.
L-theanine and ashwagandha are quite complimentary in terms of their benefits, but the mechanisms of action are quite different. Ashwagandha works more on a hormonal level, especially with cortisol. L-theanine works more on the neurotransmitters.
Here is an interesting study showing that l-theanine is beneficial for sleep, depression, and anxiety.
The study concluded:
“Stress-related symptom (i.e., depression, anxiety-trait, and sleep) scores decreased and cognitive function (i.e., verbal fluency and executive function) scores improved after four weeks of L-theanine administration.”
Here is an interesting study showing that KSM-66 ashwagandha is beneficial for stress and anxiety.
The study concluded that:
“high-concentration full-spectrum Ashwagandha root extract safely and effectively improves an individual’s resistance towards stress and thereby improves self-assessed quality of life.”
Currently there are no scientific studies that combine only ashwagandha and l-theanine against a placebo. This does not mean, however, that we can’t deduce anything from the combination, we just need to be cautious when we try to make a clear claim with the combination. There are many products which combine both of these ingredients. Our Zen+ is a great daytime calming formula that combines l-theanine, ashwagandha, and several other powerful herbs and amino acids (rhodiola rosea, 5 HTP, passion flower, l tryptophan) and the vitamins B3 and B12 (methylcobalamin) and non-buffered magnesium bisglycinate
Each type of ashwagandha is different. For KSM-66 ashwagandha, the proper dose is 300 – 600 mg per day. This can be safely combined with l-theanine.
For pharmaceutical grade l-theanine, a good dose is 250 mg per day. Some people take anywhere from 50 mg up to even 400 mg per day. It can be safely combined with ashwagandha.
We do everything we can to find and source the highest quality ingredients in the world.
L-Theanine – We use a pharmaceutical grade l-theanine. Click here to buy l-theanine. We discovered that a lot of l theanine on the market actually contains “d” theanine, which is not the form that you want. We get 3rd party testing on each of our ingredients to ensure quality. Our l-theanine is over 99% pure, and we never use any unhealthy fillers like magnesium stearate.
Ashwagandha – We use 100% KSM-66 ashwagandha. Click here to buy KSM-66 Ashwagandha. There are huge differences in quality between different brands of ashwagandha. A lot of ashwagandha comes from China, it tastes terrible, and it is very low in active ingredients (withanolides). Our KSM-66 ashwagandha is the most studied ashwagandha on the market. It tastes great, it is organic and non-GMO, it has a very high concentration of active ingredients (5% withanolides) and it is incredibly calming and effective.
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