Fave Beans and Dopamine
Dear Aunt Bean:
My wife was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease in 2010. She has been on medication of L-dopa /Carbidopa since then. Fava Beans are available plenty in India where we
live. How much Fava Beans Pod with beans inside one should consume each day to get adequate L dopa/dopamine? We regularly use in our cuisine. We do not want make tincture as it uses brandy.
The pods have the most L-dopa content. The fiber is indigestible …so juice them and strain out the fibers. Experiment with taking a teaspoon every couple hours until the dopamine level feels right. Everyone is different so dosing level must be decided on to suit your wife’s individual needs…increase or decrease as needed.
The strained juice can be frozen and a days dose taken out and refrigerated as needed. You can also dehydrate the juice by adding ground flax seed or other thickener and make “bean blobs.” Download the handbook on this website (click on the image of the book on the top right of this page) and read the page titled ” Fava Pod Juice”. I hope this will help you to use the fava beans efficiently for her needs .
God Bless you both.