We take an in-depth look at Truth Nutra Dopa Mucuna, to see if this brain-boosting supplement could really improve mood and to decide whether it would be safe to take.
Truth Nutra Dopa Mucuna is a brain-boosting supplement that contains two forms of L-Dopa to promote dopamine in the body. dopamine is an organic chemical that has several important roles in the body. In the brain, it functions as a neurotransmitter – a chemical released by neurons that sends signals to other nerve cells. Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease occur in patients due to low levels of dopamine in the brain, which is why Mucuna Pruriens is used to treat Parkinson’s patients as it contains Levodopa (L-dopa) which is changed to dopamine in the brain.
However, most L-Dopa is broken down in the body before it ever reaches the brain. This is unless special chemicals are used alongside the L-Dopa, but these are not present in this supplement.
Dopa Mucuna is manufactured by Truth Nutra, a US company based in Colorado, and started by Christopher Walker who studied neuroscience. His diagnosis of a tumour on his pituitary gland led him to find a natural hormone solution to cure himself which eventually led to him start this supplement company.
They make nootropic and hormonal supplements for both men and women, as well as books on courses on the subject.
Side effects include headache, pounding heartbeat, and symptoms of psychosis including confusion, agitation, hallucinations, and delusions.
Truth Nutra Dopa Mucuna is not too expensive. One bottle costs $24.95 which will last 45 days taken at the maximum dose.
It is also available on a ‘subscribe and save’ option with which you get a 15% discount making it $21.21 and you can choose to receive your next bottle every 30, 60, or 90 days.
Truth Nutra Dopa Mucuna is a mood-booster designed to promote enjoyment and interest in life. It contains two types of L-Dopa (Mucuna Extract and naturally occurring 15% L-Dopa) which seems kind of pointless to us as they both do the same thing; that is, become dopamine in the brain.
There is little clinical evidence to support Mucuna Pruriens as a brain booster. The active ingredient is Levodopa (L-dopa), but all of the research that suggests that Mucuna Pruriens can help to improve symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (and therefore may work as a brain booster) have found that it needs to be combined with prescription drugs such as amantadine, selegiline, and anticholinergic agents to have the desired effect. Obviously, this supplement does not contain these prescription drugs. Without these most of the L-dopa is broken down in the body before it can reach the brain, meaning that this supplement is likely to do nothing.
On top of this, all of the research carried out so far has used much higher doses of Mucuna Pruriens. Overall, there is not enough scientific evidence to determine an appropriate range of doses for different groups of people. However, 5g of Mucuna Pruriens has been used with efficacy in some human studies on Parkinson’s Disease which suggests that this dose or above would be a good starting point. Truth Nutra Dopa Mucuna contains only 800mg per day at the maximum dose, or only half of that if you choose to take 1 capsule a day.
Due to all of this, we cannot possibly approve this supplement. We do not recommend Truth Nutra Dopa Mucuna to our readers.
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Truth Nutra Dopa Mucuna is a nootropic supplement that aims to offer brain support using only two ingredients that both convert to dopamine in the brain; Mucuna Pruriens which contains L-Dopa, as well as L-Dopa itself.
Mucuna Pruriens, or Velvet Bean, is a bean that grows from trees and is very itchy to touch due to serotonin on its surface. It is a good source of the active ingredient, L-Dopa, and contains some other molecules that may aid the benefits of L-Dopa. Theoretically, it should increase dopamine levels in the brain, but studies suggest that it needs to be combined with other ingredients to be effective.
Take 1 to 2 capsules with a meal. Best when taken early in the day.
L-Dopa is an amino acid, naturally present in humans. It is the precursor to dopamine, which cannot cross the blood-brain barrier itself which is why L-Dopa is used to increase dopamine concentrations in the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease.
On its own though, L-Dopa does not have the clinical evidence to support its use for treating anxiety, or having an effect on mood, memory, or concentration, as most L-Dopa is broken down in the body before it can reach the brain.
Consequently, this supplement does not have the research to back it up as a mood or brain booster and it is also under-dosed.
Truth Nutra offers a ‘Subscribe and Save’ option that you can sign up to a when you buy the product. This reduces the cost by 15%. Subscribe and save is an auto-ship agreement that sends you fresh supplies every month or so, and bills your credit card automatically. We advise caution as these types of agreement can be hard to cancel.
However, Truth Nutra do at least make it clear that it is easy to pause or cancel your subscription at any time, as well as claiming that they will send you a reminder email and give you a courtesy phone call to let you know your subscription will renew and when to expect it, which we like.
Truth Nutra Dopa Mucuna claims to provide brain support and promote enjoyment and interest in life. It claims to do this by providing the body with what it needs to make dopamine.
We think it is highly likely that Dopa Mucuna will not work as described. L-Dopa can affect the levels of dopamine in the brain, however, most of the L-dopa that will be ingested is broken down before it can reach the brain as it is not combined here with the specific chemicals that allow it to work in this way.
Even if it were possible, the ingredients are likely to be very under-dosed so this supplement is unlikely to do much at all.
Side effects from the two forms of L-Dopa can include:
For adults only. Consult physician if pregnant or nursing, taking medication or you have a medical condition.
If you take Mucuna Pruriens then caution is advised for narrow-eye glaucoma sufferers, caution for those using pharmaceutical MAO inhibitors, and for people who have a history of melanoma or suspicious and undiagnosed skin lesions.
We could not find any independent reviews for this product. There are some reviews on the official website, all of which are unsurprisingly positive.
An example includes:
Good quality is hard to find in todays products. I trust that when i buy your product it works naturaly, without any B.S fillers. The proof is how fucosed l have been everyday since I started takeing Dopa Mucuna, it noticeably enhances my mood and I feel motivated to get things done. Highly recommended!!!
Truth Nutra claims to offer a full money-back guarantee on first-time purchases.
Yes, we offer a 60 day money back guarantee. Please contact [email protected] to arrange for a return & refund. To protect ourselves from fraud, this is only valid on first time purchases within 60 days of purchase and does not pertain to third-party items (non-Truth Nutra brands) or bundles & stacks.
You can buy it from the official website for $24.95 for one bottle of 90 capsules. They ship internationally but you may be subject to import duties, taxes, and shipping charges.
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