From Seeds to Dopamine: Mucuna
Posted by JOANNA C
If you’re trying to boost dopamine levels, you may have heard of all the usual ways, such as getting more exercise, eating more foods specifically concentrated in tyrosine, and getting plenty of rest. There is also a simple and natural way to boost dopamine that comes from a plant known as “velvet bean” or Mucuna L-Dopa.
Why would you want to boost your dopamine? Dopamine helps the body deal with stress, both physical and psychological. It is the same neurotransmitter linked to the reward-risk-motivation-pleasure pathways in the brain, but it’s so much more than just a feel-good chemical. Many people who actively work on increasing their dopamine levels find that their body and mind are better equipped to handle stressors when they come their way.
In fact, dopamine is essential for the fight-or-flight system within the central nervous system because dopamine receptors throughout the body send dopamine to be converted into norepinephrine, one of the adrenaline chemicals. Aside from needing it for the fight-or-flight stress response, dopamine is a key player in the higher functions of the brain, such as motor functions, cognitive functions, and sexuality.
One of our best natural nootropics, Mucuna L-Dopa is a botanical nootropic that contains high levels of the precursor to building dopamine. L-Dopa is necessary for dopamine synthesis. Our bodies make dopamine from the inside (endogenously) in the digestive system from the building blocks that it receives through eating foods that are high in one of the amino acids in protein called tyrosine.
Mucuna L-Dopa provides the body with L-dopa, which is then converted straight into dopamine during the digestion process. As a type of legume, the seeds of the bean (known as Mucuna Pruriens) contain up to 3 to 12.5% L-Dopa on average.
The Mucuna L-Dopa capsules which Pure Nootropics offers to its customers contains the extract of the velvet bean seeds which are tested to ensure that they contain 15% L-Dopa, making it a high- quality source of a high content of L-Dopa.
In addition to the L-Dopa content, the extract of the Mucuna Pruriens seeds is packed with phytonutrients, minerals, and vitamins.