|It’s hard to find a natural antidote to today’s overstressed world.
The encouraging news is that lemon balm(Melissa officinalis), a
plant native to the Mediterranean region, has been clinically provento
reduce anxietyby 49%and sleeplessness by up to 39% in as little as 15
days.1 What’s more, lemon
balm produces these calming effects while also enhancing memory and
Cyracos® lemon balm extract is prepared from special lemon balm
chosen for its high concentrations of hydroxycinnamicand rosmarinic
acids. These active lemon balm constituents appear to enhance mood by
modulating specific nicotinic and muscarinic receptors in the cerebral
cortex of the brain.
Aside from relieving everyday stress and sleep problems, the
anxiety-relieving properties of this plant extract may also offer
smokers relief from the mental stress of quitting, aid in leveling mood
swings, support female balance, and promote a feeling of satiety.
Relaxation-promoting effects of theanine
The Japanese have long known that theanine, an amino acid
derived from green tea, is a natural relaxant that diminishes stress3—without
drowsiness, impaired thought, or other side effects.
Theanine produces tranquilizing effects in the brain in ways that
have been compared to meditation, massage, and aromatherapy.
Theanine induces relaxation without causing drowsiness. In fact,
studies show that theanine enhances the brain’s ability to concentrate,
learn, and remember. Unlike caffeine, theanine increases GABA (gamma-aminobutyric
acid), an inhibitory neurotransmitter that not only induces relaxation
but also produces a sense of well-being. Theanine also increases levels
of dopamine, a critical brain hormone that is depleted by various stress
A host of health-enhancing benefits
Research shows that theanine has numerous health-enhancing effects,
including protecting cognitive function.* In studies of neurons in cell
culture, theanine significantly reversed glutamate-induced toxicity, a
major cause of degenerative brain decline.4
Based on an enormous amount of published data showing the multiple
beneficial effects of lemon balm extract and theanine, Life Extension
has combined these potent but safe nutrients into a new formula called
Natural Stress Relief.
The theanine used in the new Natural Stress Relief is Suntheanine®,
the only pure form of L-theanine available worldwide and the only form
protected by 40 internationally recognized patents and scientifically
proven in clinical studies to be safe and efficacious. Independent
laboratory analysis has verified that certain other products on the
market claiming to contain “L-theanine” are only half L-theanine, the
other half being a different form of theanine known as “D-theanine”
which has not been scientifically evaluated in published studies.