Taylor Swift is turning 30 this year, and the pop star has learned a thing or two since her debut as a sixteen year old country singer. In fact, she's learned thirty major life lessons, which she recently shared with Elle Magazine.
One of her biggest discoveries in her last 30 years? Vitamins. The superstar wrote, "Vitamins make me feel so much better! I take L-theanine, which is a natural supplement to help with stress and anxiety. I also take magnesium for muscle health and energy."
Which got us thinking: should we be taking these supplements too?
What is L-theanine?
The singer revealed that she suffers from anxiety, which only intensified after the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing and the Las Vegas concert shooting.
"I was completely terrified to go on tour this time because I didn’t know how we were going to keep 3 million fans safe over seven months," she wrote. "There was a tremendous amount of planning, expense, and effort put into keeping my fans safe."
And, of course, constantly being in the public eye is no piece of cake, either. As a result Swift said she takes L-theanine.
L-theanine is an amino acid (a building block for proteins) and is typically found in plant and fungal species, and according to WebMD, is known for alleviating anxiety, stress, depression, and is also taken for reducing blood pressure and preventing the flu. While some studies have suggested it improves alertness and focused attention, as a whole the vitamin hasn't been widely studied so it's best to discuss any dosage with a doctor or holistic practitioner first.
L-theanine is a natural constituent in tea, particularly green tea, so if you don't want to take a supplement like Swift does, you can enjoy a cuppa instead.
What is Magnesium?
Chances are you might've heard of magnesium before. That's because it's a mineral that the body needs to stay healthy, including regulating muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, and making protein, bone, and DNA.
While magnesium can be found in nuts, legumes, whole grains, leafy greens, and some milk products, the National Institute of Health reports that most U.S. diets provide less than the recommended amount of magnesium. As a result, you might suffer from magnesium deficiency, which includes symptoms of numbness, tingling, muscle cramps, and, at times, seizures.
Swift says she takes it for muscle health and energy, and for good reason. Healthline reports that magnesium "acts as a natural calcium blocker, helping your muscle cells relax after contracting. When magnesium levels are low, your muscles may contract too much and cause symptoms such as cramps or muscle spasms." No wonder magnesium salt baths are also a great stress reliever after a hard workout session.
It's important to consult with a medical professional before adding any new supplements into your routine. That way you can choose which one works best for you, as well as understand the dosage and length of time you should be taking the supplement.
Swift might be on the biggest stars in the world but she's human too. She suffers from anxiety and muscle cramps just like the rest of us!
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