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What is L-Dopa?

L-dopa (L-3, 4-dihydroxyphenylalanine) in the body, which in turn, encourages the release of growth hormone from the pituitary gland. And this increase of HGH is one of the main benefits of L-dopa.

On its own, L-dopa (levodopa) is an important amino acid that is the precursor of dopamine. It is actually a derivative of the amino acid L-tyrosine, and is administered to the body in place of dopamine. L-dopa can be administered to the body whereas dopamine cannot, because it (L-dopa) can bypass the walls of the membranes within the central nervous system and be absorbed directly by the cells, and thus converted into dopamine.

Dopamine is also involved in the HGH loop cycle, mainly by increasing the responsiveness of the hypothalamus towards any release of growth hormone in the bloodstream. But it is not as well known for its role in stimulating HGH compared to other amino acids, like arginine, for example. Several studies have demonstrated that L-dopa stimulates GH release. Furthermore, tests done on mice have also demonstrated an increase in lifespan in those mice that were given L-dopa.

L-dopa affects the brain directly and has such wide ranging downstream effect, It is sold as a dietary supplement and as a prescription drug in the US. In clinical use, Levodopa (INN) is administered in the management of Parkinson's disease and Dopa-Responsive Dystonia. It is also used as a component in marine adhesives used by pelagic life.

As long as you stick to sensible, small dosages (below 1g), you should be alright.

Health benefits:
What dopamine does is help a lot of important brain functions like sleep, mood, learning, behavior, and regulating prolactin production from the pituitary.

l-dopa , drug used to alleviate some of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease , particularly trembling, rigidity, and slow movements; the drug is also called levodopa. Parkinson's disease results when the concentration of dopamine in the brain is depleted.

Medical administration of dopamine itself is ineffective since that chemical apparently does not enter the brain from the blood. A metabolic precursor of dopamine, l-dopa does enter the brain via the bloodstream and is probably converted into dopamine there.

It has also been suggested that it helps boost libido, although there has not been enough studies done to prove this.

Side effects:
Because there are many brain disorders with similar symptoms, many patients do not show any improvement when treated with the drug. L-dopa must never be overdosed, as it can result in severe adverse effects if taken in excess. These include nausea, vomiting, mental and emotional disturbances, hypertension, internal bleeding, and instability of the nervous system - besides others.

People with Parkinson's Disease that take L-Dopa may experience some side effects including nausea, loss of appetite, cardiac irregularities, and psychological changes. Some people have even experienced visual and/or audio hallucinations.

Low blood pressure is another side effect that is associated with L-Dopa. This is often the case during the first few weeks, especially if the dose is too high. Lots of fluids should be consumed and increase salt intake to help maintain normal blood pressure.

** It is recommended that you consult your professional health care provider before supplementing L-Dopa into your daily diet.

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