- Chloe Deutscher is a biotech consultant from Alberta, Canada
- She takes L-theanine whenever she has coffee on an empty stomach
- The amino acid may enhance the effects of caffeine and reduce jitters
The content creator, who has nearly 150,000 followers, recently opened up about the one ingredient that she has along with her morning coffee to ‘reduce jitteriness and anxiety.’
‘I think we all know by now that we should not be drinking caffeine on an empty stomach or at least within the first 90 minutes of waking, especially if you have high cortisol,’ she began.
‘And if you do have high cortisol, you should be eliminating caffeine. However, I know that sometimes we just need a caffeine fix.’
Most people have their first cup of Joe within minutes of waking up, but the best time to drink coffee is actually between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Studies show cortisol levels — the main stress hormone — are high when we wake up, and that having a coffee that early boosts these even more, leaving us at risk of unnecessary jitters.
Some allege that drinking coffee on an empty stomach can disrupt hormones and cause digestive issues, but these claims are not proven by scientific studies.
Deutscher is against having coffee first thing in the morning, but she acquiesced that sometimes you just need a caffeine boost when you wake up.
‘If you must, the best thing you can take with caffeine to help with the negative side effects is L-theanine,’ she said.
Research suggests that L-theanine — an amino acid found in tea and some mushrooms — may enhance the effects of caffeine, reduce jitters, and help focus.
It is also believed to boost sleep, and help reduce anxiety and stress.
Deutscher said that she ‘will specifically look for caffeine products with L-theanine.’
The amino acid is found in black tea, white tea, and green tea, including matcha.
The chemical engineer added that she also has L-theanine supplements that she takes whenever she has coffee in the morning or on an empty stomach.
‘L-theanine is known to reduce jitteriness and anxiety when you have caffeine, and it also improves your focus and attention, which is what we’re looking to get out of caffeine in the first place, right? But sometimes we overdo it,’ she explained.
‘L-Theanine can also help to smooth out the energy peaks in crashes. I get the 2 p.m. crash every time I have caffeine in the morning.’
Deutscher added that it also helps with your sleep quality and your mood.
‘So if you’re gonna have that early morning caffeine, if you’re gonna cheat, have it with L-theanine,’ she concluded.