Loaded with caffeine and taurine to stimulate the central nervous system, energy drinks have become the go-to solution when you need a quick, energizing pick-me-up.
But sometimes energy isn't what you need. Concentration and attention can start to fade in the face of those mid-afternoon doldrums and a host of distractions.
Some beverage manufacturers say they have just the solution. They're touting a new kind of drink that emphasizes focus over ferocity. The key substance is the amino acid L-theanine, which preliminary research suggests might calm the brain to enhance concentration and mental stamina.
Certain formulations of SoBe Lifewater and Vitamin Water now contain L-theanine, as does a new beverage called ViB. And Gatorade recently introduced a drink with the amino acid as well.
L-theanine is not a new discovery. The substance comes from the Camellia sinensis plant species, otherwise known as tea. Despite its caffeine content, tea is cherished for its soothing effects.
It's one of the reasons people drink tea," says Dr. Jack F. Bukowski, a scientist with the Nutritional Science Research Institute, an industry-based nonprofit organization that studies nutritional supplements. "The combination of the caffeine and the L-theanine gives people the same amount of energy as caffeine alone but less of a jittery-ness." read more
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