Why Does Taylor Swift Take L-Theanine?
People have long been curious about what foods, vitamins and supplements their favorite athletes, celebrities and singers use going back long before even Michael Jordan appeared on a box of Wheaties. This in a sense is what influencer marketing and celebrity endorsements are all about, here's what a celebrity or person you admire uses and if you want to be like them maybe you should use it as well.
Recently there's been a huge uptick in interest about L-Theanine following Taylor Swift talking about using both L-Theanine as well as Magnesium. In a recent Elle article titled "30 Things I Learned Before 30" Taylor Swift shared tips and advice about 30 things she learned before turning 30. Number 15 on the list stated "Vitamins make me feel so much better! I take L-theanine, which is a natural supplement to help with stress and anxiety. I also take magnesium for muscle health and energy."
This has led to a huge uptick in interest in both of these supplements, but L-Theanine in particular. If you're not familiar with L-Theanine, which is also referred to as just Theanine among other names, it's an amino acid which our bodies use to make proteins. In recent years it's become a popular addition to many preworkouts and energy drinks as it's helpful in dealing with stress and anxiety and helps to mellow out a lot of the caffeine and stimulants in energy drinks and preworkouts relieving the jitters and any stress and anxiety that comes with taking heavy stimulant energy drinks or preworkouts.
If you drink a lot of green tea you're already getting a hefty dose of L-Theanine, it's also found in a number of mushrooms. While L-Theanine has a host of benefits it's probably best known for it's nootropic effects including helping the body better deal with stress and anxiety, as well as promoting "wakeful relaxation".
It would make sense why Taylor Swift enjoys taking and benefits from L-Theanine. Not only does the singer live a stressful, busy and hectic life, but doing late night shows and constantly being on the road has to take a toll on your sleep and L-Theanine is known for promoting sleep and relaxation.
L-Theanine boosts GABA, Serotonin and Dopamine, neurotransmitters in the brain which regulate emotions, mood, concentration, alertness and sleep. It's also been shown to help the body better deal with stress and anxiety. And we talked about "wakeful relaxation", something we experience when we meditate or day dream. It would make sense that this would help with creative pursuits like songwriting, something Taylor Swift spends a lot of time doing.
While Taylor Swift hasn't spoken as much about Magnesium as she has about L-Theanine, she did reference she takes it for muscle health and energy. Magnesium has a number of health benefits and it's actually part of my nightly supplement regiment as well along with L-Theanine. Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a crucial role in many bodily functions. Magnesium is vital for muscle function and helps with muscle contraction and relaxation by serving as a natural calcium blocker and preventing muscles from overcontracting. It also is important for prdouction of ATP the primary energy molecule in the body along with a host of other potential benefits including supporting bone health, heart health, improving sleep and digestion and even helping the body better deal with stress and anxiety making it a great thing to pair with L-Theanine.
Whether you're a Swiftie and want to be more like your favorite pop star, or whether you're just looking for help winding down at the long of a busy day and getting better sleep, you may want to try out L-Theanine or the combo of L-Theanine and Magnesium.
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