Sold under names such as Levodopa, Sinemet, Madopar, Stalevo, and Prolopa, L-Dopa is a precursor to the compounds epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine. It is produced from the herbal drug Mucuna pruriens, and is an organic amino acid that stimulates the production of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) inside of the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. This makes it more desirable as a physical performance enhancer rather than a cognitive one.



L-Dopa is changed into dopamine because of the DOPA decarboxylase enzyme, also known as aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase. Once that process is complete (with the help of Vitamin B6 to assist in its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier), it stimulates the central nervous system, which causes the hypothalamus (as well as the pituitary gland) to produce enhanced levels of both human growth hormone (HGH) and testosterone. It can also stimulate the numbers and processes of the adrenergic hormones Norepinephrine and Epinephrine. Working together within the brain, all of these compounds provide a number of beneficial effects that can include a higher libido, enhanced immune system, a reduction of fat throughout the body, muscle growth, increased bone density, and spiked energy levels.

Side Effects & Dosages

L-Dopa is considered to be generally safe when used appropriately by healthy adults. However, the substance is quite powerful, and as a result there are a few side effects to consider that are associated with its use (normally in the case of excessive consumption). Hypotension (lowered blood pressure), nausea, hair loss, confusion and anxiety, insomnia, and erratic muscles are all possibilities. For those with general satisfactory health, dosages should fall in-between 250 and 500 mg daily. It is important to consider the potency of this substance, so initial users may wish to start with a dosage of around 100 mg to grow accustomed to its effects before increasing their use.

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