Well, I have good news for all of you…..I finished the experiment of using the fava bean seeds and sprouting them for three whole days..then steaming them for 6 minutes, mashing them and adding brandy to cover them in a jar….shaking it for a month each day. Then, straining off the brandy into a clean jar and letting it set for a day to have the sediment fall to the bottom,…carefully taking the clear liquid into another clean container from which it is put into dropper bottles.
It works for me also!!!! This means that if you can obtain organic, sproutable fava beans (that can be used for cooking or planting (UNTREATED!!) you can make this fava l-dopa tincture. You do NOT have to grow a garden..which is impossible for most people because of their location and physical condition.
This to me is a tremendous find because I may not always be able to do the amount of work I do now, and it was a concern to me that I would not always be able to make my own l-dopa because of this. It doesn’t exist on the market….you have to make it yourself ! This new tincture has not been tested yet for it’s l-dopa content (which was done for the fava tops tincture .@..2 drops approx = 1mg l-dopa).
Hopefully I will find someone soon who can test it……BUT – I actually think it works better than the tincture made from fava tops…which is much harder to do with all the labor and fighting aphids for tops…the aphids like them best, too!!! As soon as it is tested I will report back. I don’t know why it is so hard to find people willing to test things when PD is so widespread…they want grant money for a few minutes of time spent doing a simple test. Somehow, that is hard for me to grasp.
Please to have a G6pd test done if you have thoughts of trying fava beans as a source of l-dopa to make sure you don’t have the enzyme deficiency which could make them quite harmful to you. Also. if you are on MAOI drugs or other PD meds that may need to be cut out or adjusted with adding fava…please talk to your doctor…don’t experiment on your own. I can experiment on myself because I am on no PD drugs…the only prescription med I take is Armour Thyroid (a natural thyroid supplement).
So, for now….Keep Exercising!! Eat Lots of good organic fruits & vegies …Check out the book Natural Therapies for Parkinsons by Laurie Mischley (Hope that is spelled right) It is a wonderfully informative book on what you can do to improve your health)
God Bless You