Amino Acid L-theanine Used to Promote Energy Boosting Tea
The amino acid L-theanine is taking off as an active ingredient in beverages, launching in more ready-to-drink tea and sports drinks. The ingredient is found almost exclusively in the tea plant Camellia sinensis and is said to boost energy, focus and concentration and reduce stress. According to Mintel, launches of beverages with L-theanine have more than tripled in the last four years. However, the number of products still remains low, with just a handful of hot tea brands in the U.S. highlighting the ingredient.
Swedish companies are jumping onto the trend faster than other countries, possibly as a way to convince consumers to switch to tea, as Scandinavians are the second-highest consumers of coffee globally. Two Swedish companies have released products with L-theanine: Naka, which offers matcha tea products, and Noa, a fruit juice brand that uses green tea extract, reports Mintel. Full Story
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