Stress is becoming more and more common. Like depression, stress used to be a rather taboo subject inferring that someone can’t cope but as we learn more about stress it is becoming clear that we are all prone to it but some deal with better than others. If we look back into our ancestral history stress actually kept us alive. It would gear our bodies up to fight or flight. Those with an effective stress mechanism would survive and pass on their genes whilst those who were resistant to stress perished! In other words, you could view someone living nowadays with the symptoms of stress as a survivor with the biological abilities to fight and flight effectively. The problem now rests with our modern society that delivers triggers for stress on a daily ongoing basis making the fight and flight mechanism redundant simply because we can’t escape. However, nature may have the answer in the form of a simple extract obtained from green tea. Drinkers of green tea often comment on its relaxing properties so it did not take long for the active agent to be identified, purified and used as an aid to promoting relaxation. Known as L-Theanine, this green tea extract is now available in a conveniently small vegetarian capsule. Scientists studying the effects of L-Theanine were curious about its ability to ease anxiety and stress but not promote drowsiness. Their research showed that L-Theanine was able to enhance the brains alpha waves. These waves are associated with the emotional state of rested alertness, just the reverse of most stress sufferers! Unlike other anti-stress remedies however, L-Theanine did not interfere with medication cause other unwanted side effects associated with prescribed anti-anxiety agents. Those taking L-Theanine found that in cases of severe stress two capsules (100mg of L-Theanine per capsule) taken up to three times a day helped them regain their emotional health. The intake could then be reduced to as little as one too two capsules per day. In cases of panic attacks the capsule can be opened and the tasteless powder sprinkled under the tongue. This method of use can end a panic attack before it starts!