Life Extension Foundation is Having a Clearance Sale

I'm not an affiliate sales site for Life Extension, but I value their products and, if you've been reading this blog, you know I support their mission :-)

For those of you that are members, or are thinking of becoming members, Life Extension is having a clearance sale of many of their popular supplements in order to make room for new formulations and fresh inventory. The cool thing about Life Extension is that they do the research, and they actually update their products in accord with the most current knowledge in nutritional supplements.

Discounts in the clearance sale range from 60-80% and the sale includes such items as Super Alpha Lipoic Acid with Biotin, Coenzyme Q10, Silybinin Plus, Cognitex, Resveratrol, Super CLA Blend with Guarana and Sesame Lignans, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, and of course several variants of Life Extension Mix.

Head on over to to take a gander at their offer, and to join up hit

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L-Theanine: Take a Chill Pill

I've been using L-theanine supplements periodically for a few years now. And a lot of us get it through one of our favorite beverages, green tea. What's l-theanine? Here's what Wikipedia has to say:

Theanine is an amino acid, commonly found in tea (infusions of Camellia sinensis), that can produce a feeling of relaxation. Theanine produces these effects by increasing the level of Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) production. Theanine affects the levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. It also inhibits glutamic acid excitotoxicity.

Theanine is most readily available in green tea and can also be purchased as a supplement. Unusual for an amino acid, it crosses the blood-brain barrier in animal studies. It is also theorized that the GABA-binding properties of theanine reduce the caffeine buzz delivered in black tea versus that of coffee. It also promotes alpha wave production in the brain. Alpha waves are commonly associated with a state of alert relaxation. Theanine is not removed by the decaffeination process because it is not an alkaloid.

What's all that boil down to? L-theanine is espoused by the Life Extension Foundation as a vehicle to help reduce stress and fight free radicals. I've even heard it called "zen in a bottle".  I wouldn't go quite that far, but it may come in handy in certain circumstances.

If these claims are true, L-theanine might be useful as a supplement to help take the edge off a very stressful day. Readers of this site will no doubt have an arsenal of breathing techniques and hypnotic triggers set for relaxation and stress reduction. So maybe we don't need supplemental l-theanine at all, especially if we're getting small amounts of it through drinking tea.

I decided that its potential was interesting enough to begin tracking information about l-theanine like I'm tracking resveratrol, omega 3 (fish oil) and green tea for life extension and peak performance. While none of this information is validated by the FDA, for informational purposes we might want to keep an eye on supplements of this nature.

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Green Tea: Antiobesity Effect Gets More Attention

The linked article's headline says "deserves more attention" but the article goes on to detail how green tea, and its component epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) are getting attention for their effects on obesity.

From the article: "Green tea, green tea
catechins, and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) have been demonstrated
in cell culture and animal models of obesity to reduce adipocyte
differentiation and proliferation, lipogenesis, fat mass, body weight,
fat absorption, plasma levels of triglycerides, free fatty acids,
cholesterol, glucose, insulin and leptin, as well as to increase
beta-oxidation and thermogenesis."

Green tea is a beverage that's consumed around the world and as its health benefits are revealed, it's gaining popularity in the U.S., where obesity is a growing health concern. Other studies have suggested possible other health effects related to cancer and aging.

While I am not a doctor and can't authoritatively state that green tea is good for what ails ya, I can continue enjoying a few cups a day of this refreshing drink.

For the rest of the story, visit Life Extension Daily News.

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