by Tina Sendin January 06, 2020
TL;DR L-theanine is a relatively safe nootropic that relieves stress and anxiety, boosts focus and attention, helps you concentrate and become more creative, and strengthens your immune system. Mix it with a healthy dose of caffeine and you can amplify these effects for optimum performance.
Ever heard of the Limitless movie (or the Netflix show for that matter)? It’s where Bradley Cooper’s character, Edward Morra, found a nootropic drug - NZT-48 - which turned him from a struggling writer into a brain superpower (like 4-digit IQ and memory that remembers practically EVERYTHING).
So first of all - what is “nootropic”?
According to Healthline, nootropics are natural or synthetic substances that can be taken to improve mental performance in healthy people. 
They’re also known as “smart drugs” and “cognitive enhancers” because they take executive functions, memory, creativity, and other cognitive functions to a whole another level. Essentially, nootropics help you gain optimal function for all things brainy!
Second of all - why are we talking about Limitless and nootropics?
Let’s just say that this Limitless drug exists IRL, except that instead of a pill, it’s a naturally-occurring amino acid.
And it also starts with the letter L.
Commonly found in tea leaves and some mushrooms, L-theanine is an amino acid that brings about a trifecta of optimal brain activity:
The good news doesn’t stop there. L-theanine has been found to contain ZERO trace of toxicity, dependence, and tolerance. This simply means that there’s no need to worry about going overboard - you can take large doses and NOT suffer from any adverse effects.
If you're keen for some L-theanine fix, you can go grab yourself a cup of green or black tea. There are also supplements available in retail or online.
If you’re feeling so pumped about L-theanine that you just want to go for a green tea run RIGHT NOW, wait 'til you get to the best part... the health benefits!
Studies also show that tea is your best bet in dealing with high anxiety levels.  In fact, a series of five randomized-controlled trials prove that L-theanine reduces stress and anxiety during difficult situations.  Another study shows that our favorite amino acid also promotes relaxation sans drowsiness .
During stressful situations, our body produces stress hormones such as cortisol and corticosterone. These hormones prevent our brains from thinking clearly.
Thanks to L-theanine, which reduces the level of these hormones, we can think properly amidst stress and anxiety. A study conducted in 2013 showed that a combination of L-theanine and caffeine (more of this later) gave a group of young people increased “subjective alertness” and improved cognitive performance as they went through challenging activities. 
Not only can L-theanine reduce anxiety, but it also boosts our focus, attention, memory, and learning. Studies have found that L-theanine enhances these cognitive functions while increasing attention span and reaction time among anxious people. 
Studies have also found that L-theanine strengthens our immune system. Specifically, research showed that it could steer us clear of upper respiratory tract infections.  L-theanine could also ease intestinal tract inflammation. 
Now that we know why L-theanine is called a smart drug, many have vouched for its effects when combined with - wait for it - caffeine.
Apparently, L-theanine has a powerful synergistic relationship with caffeine. Not only is the amino acid just as effective as caffeine when it comes to heightened attention and focus, it also amplifies caffeine’s stimulant properties while getting rid of its infamous downsides - anxiety, increased blood pressure, and jitters.
Here are some of the recent studies saying this is so:
L-theanine is a relatively safe nootropic that brings about a trifecta of optimal cognitive function. Because of its natural properties, L-theanine helps relieve stress and anxiety, boost focus and attention, helps you concentrate and become more creative, and strengthens your immune system. When mixed with caffeine, you get the positive effects of caffeine - amplified - and without its side effects. If you're sick of caffeine-induced anxiety, jitters, and increased blood pressure, the L-theanine-caffeine power duo is perfect for you!
Here's a video that talks more about L-theanine and what happens when it's combined with caffeine:
by Mark Miller May 06, 2021
Considering that about one-third of American adults don't get enough sleep, it's important to use every advantage available when confronted with a difficult sleep pattern.
Some people are so busy that their many activities deprive them of sleep. For those people, we advise slowing down and scheduling activities earlier in the day.
For others, the problem may be a busy mind. Good sleep hygiene can help with that. So can VALI Sleep Well , a natural sleep aid that contains melatonin and several other ingredients that help you sleep well. Read on for more on both VALI Sleep Well and good sleep hygiene below here.
by Mark Miller May 04, 2021
VALI health supplements use N-acetyl L-carnitine in Neuro Force capsules for its reported benefits in increasing alertness and protecting and repairing neurons. There is also some evidence that L-carnitine alleviates neurological decline and fatigue.
Nootropics are also called "smart drugs" and "cognitive enhancers." The theory holds that they help you think better, remember more, and be more alert, creative, focused, and motivated.
The type of carnitine in VALI is perhaps the most effective form to help your brain, according to Healthline.com . Studies in animals show it may help prevent mental decline from aging and improve learning. It may also, human studies show, reverse loss of brain function from Alzheimer's. It may also improve brain function in alcoholics.
by Mark Miller April 29, 2021
WebMd has an article about hibiscus that says:
The fruit acids in hibiscus may work like a laxative. Some researchers think that other chemicals in hibiscus might be able to lower blood pressure; reduce levels of sugar and fats in the blood; decrease spasms in the stomach, intestines, and uterus; reduce swelling; and work like antibiotics to kill bacteria and worms.
WebMd says more study is needed to determine whether hibiscus fights colds, constipation, fluid retention, irritated stomach, loss of appetite, nerve disease, and other conditions.
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