New fava beans kitchen experiment at Bean Acres:
- I sprouted1 cup fava beans for 4 days after a 24 hour soak.
- Peeled / cut out bad spots/ rinsed and mashed the beans very fine (did not steam them)
- Placed 1 Cup mashed sprouts in a jar with 3/4 C brandy
- Labeled and dated and shook this for a month.
- Strained the tincture thru a fine tea strainer mesh and pressed as much liquid as possible out of the mash.
I let this set for a day and then using a clean turkey baster (used only for tinctures) remove the clear liquid and placed it into a clean jar, being careful not to disturb the sediment at the bottom of the jar. I do not discard the sediment , but keep it separate & use it first.
From this amount of sprout mash & brandy I ended up with 1/2 C plus a little of clear tincture (and minus 1/4 C sediment to use first). This tincture is probably low in l-dopa. No one has done a lab test on it to see.
A person has to start with a few drops and experiment to find a good supplemental dose for their own needs. If a person is under doctor’s care and taking PD drugs…much care would need to be taken to not overdose l-dopa. Always a doctor should be consulted and informed about a patient’s desire to try natural forms of l-dopa.
It is so simple for myself to decide how much l-dopa I need because I am not taking PD medications. I just do a finger-tapping test and see if I am needing to take tincture. My right hand is always the same…it is my left hand that is mostly effected. If it taps moderately slow…I take a half dropper full. If very slow…a whole dropper. If the left hand is tapping in time with the right hand…I don’t need any tincture.
If you want to try making and using tincture …it is at your own risk…I am only sharing my experiences with PD and what has helped me. We are all so very different and will not respond the same. I can only hope that what works for me might help some other people also.
God Bless You.