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Vicia Faba and L Dopa

Vicia Faba and L Dopa


Vicia faba, more commonly known as fava bean, broad bean, horse bean or tic bean, is a large species of the bean family. It probably originated in the Mediterranean and central Europe. Fava beans are very hardy plants that can withstand cold winter months. In Europe, the plants are sown in autumn and can be harvested in the summer. Just like the bean seeds can be eaten, whole young pods can also be cooked and eaten whole. It is a very good source of protein since its protein content amount to about 20-25%. It can also be prepared in many ways and even the leaves are edible.


One of the reasons that make Vicia faba significant is its rich content of L-Dopa. L-Dopa is short for levodopa, or L-3,4-dihydroxphenilalanine. It is a natural dietary supplement that is primarily used in the clinical treatment of Parkinson’s disease and Segawa’s disease or dopamine-responsive dystonia. The first preparation of L-Dopa was from fava beans. L-Dopa is derived from tyrosine. It is then processed by the body to synthesize the important neurotransmitters known as catecholamines which include dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine. L-Dopa is very effective in increasing the dopamine levels and thus countering the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.


Vicia faba extracts are becoming very popular throughout the United States since they can be bought and taken without the doctor’s prescription. The online market is one of the favorite places for many people to buy Vicia faba extracts as a natural and less costly alternative to their medications.


However, before taking Vicia faba as your medication and even as food, you should first consult the physician as some people, especially those with the hereditary condition known as G6PD or glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, and those who are taking the antidepressant monoamine oxidase inhibitors, are likely to experience fatal reactions. Aside from that, Vicia faba is an effective alternative to artificial and even some natural sources of L-Dopa.


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