L-Dopa has proved to be an effective stimulator of dopamine, an important neurotransmitter which may serve to offset the toxic effects of pollutants.
The world has become more toxic and the impacts are affecting human health. This chemical toxicity is believed to be attributed to the worldwide use of pesticides, insecticides, cleaning products and supplies, synthetic clothes, plastics, chemical toxins, environmental pollutants, and additives in processed foods.
This toxicity has serious effects on human hormone levels. Studies are now finding in people between the ages of 30 to 40, dopamine-containing neurons in the human brain begin declining sooner than usual. These findings have very close correlations to poor diets and higher daily exposure to toxins and pollutants.
Dopamine is a much needed and beneficial neurotransmitter that regulates motor control, sex drive, immune function, fat gain and loss, lean muscle gain, bone density, energy levels, and the ability to sleep soundly. A severe deficiency in dopamine production can lead to a chronic and progressive movement disorder known as Parkinson’s disease.
L-Dopa, or levodopa, is the precursor for the needed and beneficial neurotransmitter dopamine. L-Dopa is one of the few substances with the ability to cross the blood barrier of the brain and convert into dopamine. This action stimulates the hypothalamus and pituitary glands to regulate hormone levels.
Naturally derived L-Dopa is not a hormone or an artificial drug. It is a naturally derived amino acid that is found in food sources such as plants. One plant, in particular, Mucuna pruriens, has been found to carry high amounts of L-Dopa within the seeds. This form of L-Dopa has been found to be easily absorbed and utilized by the human body.
Natural L-Dopa supplementation has been clinically tested and shown to have positive effects on increasing human growth hormone levels in those who are severely deficient. In one clinical study taken with healthy adults between the ages of 30-45, L-Dopa supplementation showed significant increases in hGH levels as high as 221%.
Synthetic L-Dopa doesn't compare to the naturally derived levodopa from the Mucuna pruriens plant.
Studies have found that synthetically manufactured L-Dopa does not have the same ability to cross the blood-brain barrier. It has been found to be inferior to naturally occurring L-Dopa such as that found in the Mucuna pruriens plant.
Case Study compares natural Mucuna L-Dopa to Synthetic L-Dopa
As the world becomes more polluted and humans continue to eat poor diets there will be increasing demands for a natural alternative such as L-Dopa to promote human health.