Becoming immersed in the zone — that single-minded feeling of being alert, calm and relaxed — can give you the ultimate edge. One strategy for preparing your mind is to give it the right fuel.  Suntheanine, with or without caffeine, can help you naturally achieve an alert, relaxed state as well as reaction time. Research has shown a 1:2 ratio of caffeine to Suntheanine may improve cognitive performance and mood.

“Caffeine is great for energy but you’re likely missing something from your preparation that could make you more alert and focused,” cautions psychonutritionist and neuropsychologist Shawn Talbott, Ph.D.  He says stimulants alone may worsen your performance by making you feel so amped up that you’re irritable, anxious and tense.”

Suntheanine, which is 100% L-theanine promotes alpha waves. Talbott explains that professional gamers worldwide are familiar with the complementary effects of L-theanine and caffeine, which work in different parts of the brain. “You’re activating your “do work” sensor with caffeine and your “calming” sensor with L-theanine to put yourself in the zone.”