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Does Chamomile Tea Have L-Theanine?

author image Jessica Bruso
Based in Massachusetts, Jessica Bruso has been writing since 2008. She holds a master of science degree in food policy and applied nutrition and a bachelor of arts degree in international relations, both from Tufts University.
Does Chamomile Tea Have L-Theanine?
Both regular and decaffeinated tea contain L-theanine. Photo Credit Comstock/Stockbyte/Getty Images

L-theanine is sometimes used in herbal medicine to help treat conditions including stress and insomnia. It can help people relax without increasing feelings of drowsiness. Chamomile tea may have similar effects and is also sometimes used to treat these same conditions, but this doesn't mean it contains L-theanine.

L-theanine Sources

All teas aren't created equally -- only true teas, such as green, black and oolong tea, contain L-theanine. Chamomile tea is an herbal tea made from the flowers of the chamomile plant, while L-theanine is found in the Camellia sinensis plant, which is used to make true teas. You can also get L-theanine from a type of mushroom called Boletus badius or purchase it in supplement form.

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