Inside L-Theanine Gummies: An Interview with Neuroscientist Dr. Nicole Avena

Dr. Nicole Avena, Chief Science Officer at BrainMD, has a PhD in neuroscience and psychology from Princeton University and an expertise in nutrition, diet, sugar, brain health, and addiction. 

Today, we’re picking her brain on gummy vitamins, getting the answers to your most pressing questions about sugar, and diving deep into the science behind our new sugar-free L-Theanine Gummies. Read the full interview below. 

Inside L-Theanine Gummies: Frequently Asked Questions

L-Theanine FAQ 2

BrainMD: This is BrainMD’s first gummy vitamin! Are there any advantages to a gummy vitamin versus pills or capsules?

Gummy vitamins can be advantageous because they are normally of preferable flavor and texture when compared to supplements in pill form. In addition, gummy vitamins can be chewed, meaning there is no difficulty for people who struggle with swallowing pills. Given the favorable aspects of gummy vitamins, people can be more consistent in taking their supplements.


BrainMD: What’s the best way to take L-Theanine Gummies? 

Most dietary supplements, including BrainMD’s new L-Theanine Gummies, work best when taken consistently. In substantial clinical research, l-theanine has been found to rapidly bring on relaxation, often within minutes. Over a longer period, l-theanine can improve coping with stress, lessen feelings of anxiousness, and support healthy sleep in both adults and children.


BrainMD: L-theanine sounds like a pretty powerful nutrient. How exactly does it work in our brain?

L-theanine is known to easily enter the brain when taken by mouth. Its fast-acting relaxation effects are very likely related to its down-regulation of NMDA receptors, which drive many excitatory pathways in the brain.


BrainMD: These gummies taste good — almost like candy! Can you take more than one?

Take 2 gummies daily. Up to a total of 4 gummies per day can be consumed as needed or as directed by your qualified healthcare professional. We suggest you take them on an empty stomach. 


BrainMD: Are they safe for kids?

Yes, these gummies are safe for children aged 8 and up.


BrainMD: Why was it important to keep these gummies sugar-free? What does sugar do to your brain? 

Other gummy vitamins are typically high in added sugars. While the amount in the gummy vitamin might seem small, continuous use of the vitamins can accumulate excessive sugar intake. Excess sugar intake can lead to obesity, heart disease, and dental cavities. Our gummies are sweetened with allulose, an alternative sweetener.

If you want to learn more about the dangers of added sugars, tune into my TED-ED talk, How Sugar Affects the Brain.


BrainMD: Are there any supplements you recommend pairing with the new L-Theanine Gummies? 

Taking BrainMD’s NeuroVite Plus and Omega-3 Power will help you be sure to get the core essential nutrients your brain and body need to best utilize L-Theanine Gummies

Thank you, Dr. Avena! Is there a question we haven’t answered? Please share it in the comments.

At BrainMD, we’re dedicated to providing the highest purity nutrients and standardized herbal ingredients to support your overall well-being. For more information about our new L-Theanine Gummies and our full list of supplements, please visit us at BrainMD.

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Can you address how this might support people with ADD or ADHD?

J Oberbillig

Not a fan of the taste. Leave the grape out and just go with the lime. Waiting to feel the effects of black tea.