Re: L-Theanine...(what & how much) ???
I'll tell you what I was really wondering. I was on the SSRIs for a spell & decided to go cold turkey 'cause they made me feel weird...like I wasn't really me. But I noticed that the prevailing wisdom dictates that drugs of this type must build up in your system.
So...the obvious question is...is it the same for nutritional supplements (must they build up in your system to have the desired effect) ???
One of the reasons I ask is because I've been reading this wonderful book...The Mood Cure, by Julia Ross. In it, she talks about various forms of depression/anxiety; & which nutritional supplements work for each. For example, she defines the blahs as apathy depression; & recommends catecholamine boosters such as L-tyrosine, L-phenylalanine, omega-3 fish oil, etc. Or she describes the dark cloud as doom & gloom depression; & recommends serotonin boosting supplements such as 5-HTP, L-tryptophan, SAM-e, Saint-John's-wort, etc. (she also explains how anxiety, panic, etc. work their way into any depression picture)...but for the sake of simplicity here...(& I havenít finished the book)...but...I only take some of these supplements when the bad stuff appears in my brain; & it works only for the short term.
I'm wondering if I would be better suited taking supplements on a regular basis, hence the question...do they need to build up in your system, like the anti-depressants do.