Product name: Levodopa
Botanical name: Mucuna cochinchine-sis (Lour)Tang et Wang
Test method: HPLC
Appearance: White fine powder
L-DOPA is a direct precursor to dopamine, and its supplementation can increase dopamine levels in the body.
L-DOPA is a direct precursor to dopamine, and its supplementation can increase dopamine levels in the body. It is known as Levodopa and is one component of most Parkinson's treatments, and found in high amounts in Mucuna Pruriens.
● Parkinson's disease
● Depressed mood
● Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
● Decreased sex drive (libido)
Things To Know
Is a Form Of
● Testosterone Booster
● Amino Acid Supplement
● Cognitive Function and Brain Health
Do Not Confuse With
● Mucuna Pruriens (Source of L-Dopa)
Supplement-wise, 5g of Mucuna Prurients dried powder has been used with efficacy in some human studies on Parkinson's Disease and Fertility. This does or doses upwards of it should be a good starting point.
If your supplement is standardized for L-DOPA and you are supplementing for an effect attributed to L-DOPA, then start with about 1/2 the L-DOPA equivalent and work up if needed (this is due to the same amount of L-DOPA in Mucuna being more bioactive relative to isolated L-DOPA without carbidopa).
Mucuna Pruriens can be eaten isolated as a food product, but cooking is required to destroy trypsin inhibitors in the beans (so protein absorption is not hindered) yet cooking also destroys L-DOPA.
Some supplements use the cotyledon of Mucuna Pruriens, which may have different nutrient profiles relative to the bean or whole root.