Hello Aunt Bean.
After some research I’ve decided to grow sprouts from dry fava beans and make a tincture. I think it is better then eating pods every day. For this process I need dry beans, for example from Whole foods. Soak in water 24 hours, plant in soil, grow to 6 inch. If I understand correctly, we can cut off the shoots and they will regrow? ( so it on youtube). Is this correct?
Also, why do we have to dry the shoots in the dehydrator before soaking in brandy for a month? What is the drying time? And is the amount of levodopa greater in the sprouts then the mature pods?
If I need to make a tincture out of sprouted beans ( these will be the beans and a little green sprouts coming out of them), do I need to dry them first or mash and cover with brandy. Do sprouted beans have same amount of levadopa. Also is it possible to make powder from pods using dehydrator. My parents have access to fresh fava beans, but it will only
last for the summer. How do I preserve large quantity for the next 9-10 months?
My Dad is currently eating 4 oz of fresh fava beans a day. They store he is buying them will only have them during summer. How can he make it last?
If we are making tincture with pods and brandy ( why only brandy if I may ask), shake it for a month and use liquid. How much of this liquid is equal to the 4 oz he is eating now. He is eating pods and beans. How much pods do I need to last about 9 months? And is it ok to drink alcohol for the rest of
Also, is there a way to make powder out of pods. The question again how much powder equal to the 4 oz of fresh fava beans.
I couldn’t find any answers to these questions and will appreciate your help
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease
Question about Fava Beans
Hello. My parents bought fresh fava beans today. They chopped the pods, but
my dad says he can not eat it like that. Is the tincture of pods has the
same amount as the tincture of flowers like Aunt Bean is making? Also, what
can be used instead of brandy. Or alcohol preserves beans.
Aunt Bean’s Response
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I am trying to get a regular dose of dopamine for my fiance. I don’t have a juicer, do you have any ideas. It would be extremely helpful. We are both interested in nutritional alternatives.
He is very sensitive to the medicine and gets side effects from synthetics quickly.
Not having a juicer is OK…If you have a strong blender or food processor…you still may be able to puree the bean pods with it and strain the juice , removing the hard fibers from the puree. I am very sensitive to chemicals and pharmaceuticals also….that is why I have to make myself work hard to discover natural ways of getting the L-dopa my body is short on to help me function with my PD.
Hope this helps.
Greetings from Bean Acres.
It is mid August now…and the produce is really coming in. Our food regimen has changed in accordance to the available fresh veggies. I am still mostly just using the dried fava top bud tincture for L-dopa. My friend ( that I am a caregiver to) has started depending now on eating 2 pod chips a day and mucuna capsule AM and PM .
The recipe for doing the bean pods (steaming/juicing/ adding salt & sweetener and ground flax seed is on this website as a downloadable pamphlet that I put together. I feel this is a better way to use the pods. The sprout tincture to me is a last resort for people who cannot find the beans or grow them. Actually just freezing the steamed sprouted beans works well and I wouldn’t bother tincturing them after all I have experimented with at this point.
For me , it took eating about 16 sprouts early in the morning first thing for a kick start. That lasted me until about 3 in the afternoon. Ate about 4 then and again at bedtime. My L-dopa needs are much less than some. I get a lot of exercise / sunshine and fresh garden produce.
Right now my egg plants are in and I have been consuming them…need for my tincture has gone from 6 times a day to a dropper and a half am and pm. The night shade family…peppers, tomatoes and egg plant have natural nicotine , which help dopamine receptors…helping us function more efficiently. Glen Pettibone has done a lot of research in this area and we communicate frequently about the natural things that we are trying out. I am baking and freezing large quantities of egg plant while they are producing in 1 cup amounts in freezer ziplock bags. I am amazed at how wonderful I feel…thought I felt good before, but this is better. I also have watermelons right now and they are helpful for us also.
Just had a friend recommend Barleens Lignan Flax seed oil for my constipation problem and using it this week seems to have help this considerably.
God is good.
Hope this helps. God Bless you.
Dear Aunt bean ,
First i should thank you so much for helping to people with PD. I live in Iran and i have access easily to fresh fava . I am interested to make a tincture from fava pods for more L-dopa.i understand almost all of method , but need your help yet. Steps are :
1- remove beans from pods , and gather pods enough.
2- steam them by a device for example steam cooker to pods begin changing in
3- dry them , by a fruit drier .
Is it ok ? or i should to add brandy ?
I would steam the pods and then juice them to remove the indigestible fibers and make pod chips (bean blobs) according to recipe on pamphlet that is downloadable by clicking on the image on the top right of this page. They work well to supply extra l-dopa.
Hope this helps.
I have parkinsonian tremors that may be the result of an antipsychotic I was given for depression, or it may be Parkinsons. I can’t go off the antipsychotic fast because i’m super sensitive to it, it may take a year or more. Can fava beans work for neuroleptic induced tremors?I do not have anyone who has contacted me with this experience, though know one fellow using flower tincture for anxiety attacks. Do not have any recommendations on it…about all you can do is “pray and go with your own leadings whether to try fava beans or making tincture to see if they would help you. Get G6pd blood test first to check for enzyme deficiency that can be inherited that makes favas dangerous to people with favism.God bless you and guide you.Aunt Bean