Aunt Bean: May I ask if its not recommended to take Fava if you are taking Levodopa (synthetic dopamine)?
Yes, fava bean tincture can be taken with levodopa….you just have to make sure that you are not taking more dopamine than you need to function properly. It is a balancing act when using pharmaceuticals and everyone is different…so it is up to you as an individual on an hourly basis as to how much you need. I feel in my heart as a “citizen scientist and self imposed Guinea pig”, that if you take more than you need, your body will stop making it’s own. Also, that you will continually need more. Like in taking pain pills, etc…. always having to increase. I test my dopamine levels by my symptoms and doing a finger tapping test. My left hand will slow down to nearly nothing when I am low….so does my mandolin playing. So, my sister…please always be careful, go slowly into any new “tests” of meds. Start low dose, not high , and work up to the bare minimum that makes you functional. Find the foods that help you the most…..eat right, exercise and deep breathe in the warm sunshine. Laugh a lot and try not to get stressed about little things. Always count your blessing and try to help others. Foods that help me most are PAPAYA, fermented or fresh; blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, apples, eggs, Nuts , green tomatoes, egg plant, sweet potatoes. I am mostly sugar free (I eat about 1/3 Cup ice cream a day) and definitely gluten free.
May God Bless and Guide You,
All about Sprouting Fava Beans for Dopamine
I live in the city and got diagnosis of PD when it was already hot. Initially could not find any fresh fava beans at all & had difficulty finding dried beams.
Finally found some dried beams and started sprouting them. What size of dried bean do you use? Does size or the color of dried beans affect L-dopa amount?
The size and color of the fava beans does not matter, though they will all have different amounts of L-dopa content. It would be best if you can find a source for the one you like best and use it consistently so each one does not effect your dopamine levels differently. You need to try to keep this as level as possible , and only take the smallest amount that you can to control symptoms. I think the more you take, the less your body thinks it needs to keep making and you want to just give it what it is lacking and not any more. If you are going the route of making food your medicine like I am….also supply it with nuts for thiamine, apples, strawberries, blueberries, watermelon and especially papaya (if you do not have a latex allergy) Gets lots of exercise and sunshine, breath deep , laugh, dance etc….
Recently found long fresh (6” or longer) Fava beans at vegetable stands and market but farmers growing season is almost over.
I am afraid I am using the wrong kind of dried fava beans and preparing fresh and dried beans poorly. The beans I found are either small to medium sized with hull removed or large (1“ to 1 ½: long) with hull still intact. Have sprouted both but after 4 days most beans but not all have sprouted but no leaves. Do I need to let the bean get a leaf?
A report sent to me by a researcher said that the 4th day of sprouting is generally the highest in dopamine content. Some varieties peak at day 3. *my guess is the ones that sprout a day before the others would peak first. The beans do not need a leaf.
Dried FAVA BEANS : How I have been sprouting and processing:
1 – Soaked beans for 24 hours
2 – Rinse beans 2=4 times a day for 3-4 days (depended on when white , pointed sprout appeared)
3 – rinsed hulled beans
4 – ?/ (you mention cutting away the bad parts. Is that the black along the edges?)
5 – steamed raw beans for 4-6 minutes till tender.
6 – quick froze beans and then bagged for later use.
7 – Eat/swallow 1/.4 to 1/2 beans as need for symptoms. This is good for me from ½ to 1½ hours.
How long can sprouts be kept without freezing or out of freezer? (mine seem to start going bad after 3-4 days in fridge)
FRESH FAVA _ How I have been processing:
1 – Cut pods into 1” sections, include beans
2 – Steam pod lets for 6-10 minutes tender (fork easily Penetrate)
3 – Quick freeze & then freeze & package in plastic bags
4 – Eat ¼ – ½ pieces of 1 ” pod periodically – seems to give quite a L-dopa rush if eat large piece, need to drink a lot of water
Sounds like your method is ok of processing them. We like to remove the bean from the pod to enjoy with meals and they don’t have as much dopamine as sprouts or the pod. If you have a juicer, steaming the pods lightly until just bright green and then chilling them and juicing them works well. Then you don’t have the indigestible fibers. If the fiber don’t seem to bother you….that’s ok. With juicing them…you could freeze in ice cube trays and take out one and put in glass of water to sip on during the day as needed (keep cold in fridge) or add ground flax seed or chia to thicken the juice and make “bean blobs” in the dehydrator about the size of a 1/2 teaspoon and dry them. We still freeze the blobs to keep them longer…up to a year and my friend only takes 1 or 2 a day. I hope this helps you.
Thanks for your information.
You are welcome. God Bless you and guide you on your journey with PD.
I’m Belgian and I live in Romania for more than 25 years. Got PK 3 years ago,I refuse to use chemicals and until now just take mucuna pruirens powder for L-dopa. Seems that the fava beans are much better! My question is : where can I find seeds for that wonderful remedy? In order to begin also my self a little farm for that. Can we imagine to grow that all year long in covered solar construction? I’m new in gardening… Thank you for your answer,god bless you!
We had good L-dopa source using the ground sprouts for “Sprout Balls”…recipe in the booklet downloadable here (Click on the Handbook on the right column here). My friend used about 8 of these a day for l- dopa supplementation.
Just wanted to update you on what I have been doing lately and it has changed PD symptoms immensely. We are very excited and want to share the news so it might help my brothers and sisters with PD also.
After a couple of weeks doing this. I started noticing that I wasn’t taking my homemade L-dopa tincture from fava beans as often. After a month, some days I only needed it one time (some days I don’t need any) It really varies a lot depending on the other foods I have eaten (especially, whether I have had egg plant and peppers sautéed with onions and garlic cooked up with morning eggs).
DIET DOES AFFECT US SO MUCH. I wasn’t sure why my new additions to my diet were affecting my PD symptoms so much. Then, a precious friend sent me this link to a Dr. in Italy using Thiamine (B1) for PD treatment…
and it explained why I was so much better. Another friend found the link on thiamine and diabetes (I am also type 2 diabetic)
Can the fava bean tincture be made without alcohol? I get migraines from alcohol and also it is processed in the body as sugar which is contraindicated to Lonnie Herman’s protocol.
What blood test did she say to have before using tinctures from fava beans
I think the tincture can only be made using brandy, so it crosses the blood brain barrier, but if you put amount needed in a coffee cup and pour boiling water over it….the alcohol evaporates leaving the ldopa in the water. ldopa is water soluble.
Blood test is called G6PD.
Do you know of anyone that sells the fava bean tincture? My husband was
recently diagnosed with PD. He is not taking any prescription meds as he is
concerned over the side effects and has heard the longer one is on them the
less effective they are.
I don’t know of anyone who sells the fava bean tincture. It gets harder every year to get enough made for myself. My fall crop….5 lbs of fava beans all died in severe heat and very dry weather. So, being a farmer, we are subject to good conditions and poor. Good crops and possibly no crop. There are companies that sell fava dopamine capsules, but off hand I can’t think of company names. You can buy organic dry fava beans that are sprout able and follow the recipe in the download -able booklet for sprouting the beans to eat, and for making fava sprout balls. Another option is to try mucuna puriens. You can purchase them from many sources. They are also a bean that contain natural ldopa. Eating papaya also helps. Fermented papaya does even more…if you can’t manage to ferment your own…it can be purchased under the brand FPP . It is a dry powder . I hope this helps and I have answered you questions. God Bless and guide you.