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Enhanced Stress Relief

30 vegetarian capsules
Item# 00987


Enhanced Stress Relief

De-stress & decompress!

30 vegetarian capsules
Item# 00987


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  • Enhanced Stress Relief
  • 30 vegetarian capsules
  • Item Catalog Number: 00987
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It’s hard to find an antidote to today's overstressed world. The encouraging news is that lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a perennial herb in the mint family native to the Mediterranean region, has been scientifically validated to help promote sleep and relaxation. What’s more, lemon balm produces these calming effects while also enhancing memory and attention!1-10

Cyracos® lemon balm extract is prepared from special lemon balm chosen for its high concentrations of hydroxycinnamic and rosmarinic acids. These active lemon balm constituents appear to enhance mood by modulating specific nicotinic and muscarinic receptors in the cerebral cortex of the brain.11-13

Aside from relieving everyday stress and promoting restful sleep, this botanical extract may also offer smokers relief from the mental stress of quitting, aid in supporting healthy mood, and helps inhibit the emotional hunger associated with dieting (or following a calorie restriction regimen).

Relaxation-Promoting Effects of L-Theanine

The Japanese have long known that L-theanine, an amino acid derived from green tea, is a relaxant that helps inhibit stress.14-18

L-theanine produces calming effects in the brain in ways that have been compared to meditation, massage, and aromatherapy. L-theanine induces relaxation. In fact, studies show that L-theanine enhances the brain’s ability to concentrate, learn, and remember.19-26 L-theanine increases GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), an inhibitory neurotransmitter that not only induces relaxation but also produces a sense of well-being.27 L-theanine helps maintain healthy levels of dopamine, a critical brain hormone that is depleted by age-related stress factors.20,27,28

A Host of Health-Enhancing Benefits

Research shows that L-theanine has numerous health-enhancing effects, including promoting healthy cognitive function. In studies of neurons in cell culture, L-theanine has shown to inhibit glutamate- or other neurotoxicant-induced neurotoxicity, a major effect of normal brain aging.14-28

Based on an enormous amount of published data showing the multiple beneficial effects of lemon balm extract and L-theanine, Life Extension has combined these potent nutrients into a formula called Enhanced Stress Relief.

Note that the amount of L-theanine in this product is double that of most L-theanine standalone supplements. The reason for this potency increase is reports of greater benefit when at least 200 mg of L-theanine is taken.

Beware of Imitations: The L-theanine used in Enhanced Stress Relief is Suntheanine®, the only pure form of L-theanine protected by 40 U.S. and international patents. Independent laboratory analysis has verified that certain other products on the market claiming to contain "L-theanine" are only half L-theanine, the other half being a different form of theanine known as "D-theanine" which has not been scientifically evaluated in published studies.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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  2. J Pharm Pharmacol 2008;60:377–384.
  3. CNS Neurosci Ther. 2011 Dec;17(6):683-98.
  4. Int J Essent Oil Ther 2007;1:143–152.
  5. Barnes J, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines, 3rd ed. London: Pharmaceutical Press, 2007. 
  6. Psychosom Med. 2004 Jul-Aug;66(4):607-13.
  7. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2003 Oct;28(10):1871-81.
  8. Phytother Res. 2009 Aug;23(8):1075-81.
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  10. Indian J Pharmacol. 2012 Mar-Apr; 44(2): 189–192. 
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  12. Trends Pharmacol Sci. 2010 Dec;31(12):580-6.
  13. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2009 Jul;93(1):10-6.
  14. Biol Psychol. 2007 Jan;74(1):39-45. 
  15. Journal of Functional Foods, Volume 3, Issue 3, July 2011, Pages 171-178.
  16. Phytother Res. 2011 Nov;25(11):1636-9.
  17. Trends Food Sci Technol 10 (1999), 199–204.
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  19. Biol Pharm Bull. 2002 Dec;25(12):1513-8.
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  21. Biol Psychol. 2008 Feb;77(2):113-22. 
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  23. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2004 Jul 16;320(1):116-22.
  24. Neurotoxicology. 2008 Jul;29(4):656-62. 
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  27. Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin, 25, 1513e1518.
  28. LWT - Food Science and Technology 46 (2012) 64e70.


Supplement Facts

Serving Size 1 vegetarian capsule

Amount Per Serving

Cyracos® lemon balm extract (leaf)

300 mg

Suntheanine® (L-Theanine)

200 mg

Other ingredients: vegetable cellulose (capsule), maltodextrin, microcrystalline cellulose, stearic acid.


Suntheanine® is a registered trademark of Taiyo International, Inc. Use of Suntheanine® is protected by US Trademark Registration No. 2,548,957.
Cyracos® is a registered trademark of Naturex.

Dosage and Use
  • Take one (1) capsule once or twice daily (morning and evening) with or without food, or as recommended by a healthcare practitioner.


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