You may notice that among the compounds is serotonin, which tends to have a modifying or balancing effect with Dopamine and L-Dopa.
So you see, L-Dopa is only a part of the 'formula' contained in the bean. There ARE a lot of checks and balances in this wonderful bean.
It is also noteworthy that when Mucuna Pruriens was tested for effective treatment of Parkinson's Disease patients, it was found that considerably lower amounts of L-Dopa were needed as compared with the drug, Levadopa that is commonly prescribed.
Mucuna Pruriens Safety: Contraindications
People should NOT use Mucuna Pruriens if they are: pregnant or nursing / taking MAO (Monamine Oxidase) inhibitor drugs (which keep Dopamine from being broken down by monamine oxidase) / schizophrenics - bipolar sufferers / taking ANY drug, especially those that influence neurotransmitter function.
Also do not use if taking Coumadin or any anticoagulant drugs or in the prresence of any blood clotting disorder.
Use in patients with Parkinson's disease should be doctor supervised.
Always check with your doctor or pharmacist before adding any herb or nutritional supplement to your protocol.
Mucuna Pruriens Safety: More L-Dopa is Not Better!
Beware of Mucuna Pruriens bean powder that is claimed to have more than 7 - 8% L-Dopa content.
**Mucuna Pruriens is often advertised as having much more L-Dopa content than that described above. I have seen 15%, 40% L-Dopa and higher.
No Velvet Bean plant can produce beans that potent naturally.
Such products have been altered by the addition of pure L-Dopa extract. It matters not whether the L-Dopa is extracted from macuna or not; it is just a bad idea to use it!
Overstimulation of the dopaminergenic neuronal pathways by taking Mucuna spiked with L-Dopa extract is a possibility which you can avoid by only using the bean powder in its natural state.
Mucuna Pruriens Dosage:
How I Determined My Own Protocol...
One thing is certain; our bodies are ALWAYS changing!
You will gain a big advantage when you keep the idea in the forefront of your mind that...
...what is PERFECT for you right now may not be a few weeks or months from today!
Once well recovered from mercury toxicity symptoms, I felt a desire to regain more of that vibrant, colorful, inspired feeling I remembered so well from my childhood.
Dopamine levels tend to be low in people who have been under sustained stress (in my case - 7 years of mercury toxicity issues), and suffer depression (I did).
Capacity to taste all life has to offer can be compromised, dreams dull or uninspiring, animation and enthusiasm in our waking hours - lacking - due to dopamine deficiency.
In addition, my Testosterone levels originally tested low (women need Testosterone, too).
After using the Mucuna Pruriens and Montiff Super Sports amino acid formula along with increasing the intensity of my weight training, I had my hormones tested again. My Testosterone level is perfect - in the middle of the reference range now! (To learn more about how you can obtain professional laboratory hormone testing at reasonable prices, Click Here.After taking Mucuna Pruriens nearly every day for 4 months, I feel that I have boosted my Dopamine reserves. My dreams are more lucid, mood more generally happy and resilience in the face of stress higher. I am physically stronger and more energetic.
Now, taking it every day is feeling like just a little bit too much stimulation. I am now at the point where I feel it is best to cycle it - 4 or 5 days on and 2 - 3 days off - and use smaller amounts. This is just right for me.
In addition to consulting a health practitioner, it is important to stop and tune in to that small voice of your body wisdom.
It is not usually loud, because most of us haven't been good listeners!
It tends to be a subtle whisper - an often barely palpable feeling - that we can tune in to when we quiet our noisy minds.
As you listen, the voice will become easier to hear.
Just go slowly when taking Macuna powder, and be conservative in its use!
NOTE: Regretfully, it has been two years since I have been able to obtain a Mucuna Pruriens powder as excellent as that which inspired this article.
I personally trialled product from several of the top companies, giving each a good few months worth of use. Sadly, none measured up.
Because I unequivocally refuse to have any product up on my site that does not meet my standards of excellence, Mucuna Pruriens powder is no longer among the products I would recommend to you.
HOWEVER - take heart - there are some very effective ways to optimize Dopamine!
I will soon have the information you need to make informed choices.
Please stay tuned...
Dopamine Precursor With Excellence You Can Rely On
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