From isolation and disrupted routines to the latest news headlines, some of us are having a tough time keeping calm and staying focused. “While we may be trying to eat better and exercise more, we often forget about taking care of our brains,” observes functional medicine expert Bryce Wylde. He says you can relax your mind and stay focused with the amino acid L-theanine, by looking for products containing Suntheanine

While taking part in a Nature’s Emporium NExt Level Health Webinar, Wylde wondered why people spend more time taking care of their waistlines and their heart than their most important organ: their brain. With so much advice out there about what to eat, lifestyle changes to make and supplements to take, Wylde advised focusing on what is validated by science. 

He told the audience that he doesn’t care so much about which supplement brands they choose but rather the ingredients used in those brands. “It’s important to know the ingredient sources,” he stressed, citing L-theanine as an example. 

Wylde explained that he travels the globe, doing first-hand due diligence on how ingredients are made. “I’ve been to Taiyo in Japan. With their Suntheanine, they’ve got over 70 clinical trials demonstrating that it improves focus, attention, alertness, concentration, mood and sleep. It’s got to be Suntheanine, not other forms of L-theanine.” 

He added that Suntheanine helps stimulate alpha wave activity, “the state Buddhist monks try to achieve when they meditate.” Clinical research suggests that 50-200 mg of Suntheanine stimulates alpha waves, which are associated with a relaxed but alert mental state. 

Improving your brain’s ability to concentrate on the task at hand can be likened to strength training for your mind. Start by using the best ingredients possible. Suntheanine is not an extract of green tea but rather is produced via a patented process that mimics the natural process in green tea leaves, resulting in a 100% pure L-isomer-theanine.