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Vicia Faba L Dopa Overview

Vicia Faba L Dopa Overview


Vicia faba, the broad bean, is one of the most ancient plants cultivated in the early civilization. It is along with chikenpeas, peas and lentils and was part of the eastern Mediterranean diet around 6,000 B.C. or earlier. Some of its common names are faba bean, horse bean, field bean and tic bean. Although vicia faba is native to North Africa and Southwest Asia, it is also cultivated in many places around the globe like the United States and Europe. It grows best in cool season. Aside from that, it is also being used as a soil cover to prevent erosion because it could withstand the cold winter season and as a legume that fixes nitrogen in the soil.


Vicia faba is traditionally used as a diuretic, expectorant or tonic. Studies showed that it is rich in L-Dopa, a substance used to treat Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is a debilitating condition that affects motor skills. It is a disorder that affects nerve cells or neurons in the brain that control muscle movement. L-Dopa is converted into dopamine. Dopamine in the brain of persons suffering with Parkinson’s disease die or do not function properly. It acts as neurotransmitter in the brain that sends signal and helps coordinate body movements. It also serves as a rich source of thiamine, which is important in the proper functioning of nerves, muscle cells and the brain.


This type of bean, Vicia faba is also a natriuretic agent which helps in controlling hypertension. It is a good source of potassium that helps the body maintain blood pressure and regulate heart function. The beans are also being used as a natural alternative to the drug Viagra, a drug used to treat erectile dysfunction.


Fava beans or vicia faba is also a good source of phosphorous that helps in the formation of healthy bones and teeth. It is also rich in Vitamin A that helps maintain healthy skin and promotes growth, bone development and proper vision.

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