Mucuna Pruriens are considered by many to be the ultimate..
Mucuna contains l dopa, a precursor to dopamine, which makes it an excellent choice if you're looking to increase your dopa levels.
Why would I want to boost dopamine?
They come from Velvet Bean, a plant that grows in the tropical regions of Africa and India. Inside the pods of these plants, small seeds or beans grow. These seeds are called Mucuna beans. A gram of these beans contains about 40 mg of l-dopa.
To boost low dopamine levels you need to take a high quality Mucuna Pruriens extract, standardized to contain 10-15% l dopa. Start off with a dose between 200- 400mg depending on your bodyweight and size. Cycle the supplement with a few days on, followed by several days off, otherwise you'll build up a tolerance.
Few adverse effects have been reported with this supplement. At high doses the side effects can include, increased body temprature, rapid heart rate, and insomnia. If dosed at the recommended levels, side effects are rare as it has a very low toxicity level.
This supplement works really well in the motivation department. If you've been apathetic, uninspired, or unmotivated, a boost in dopamine will give you a kick in the seat of the pants.
Parkinsons patients dosed with high levels of dopa show signs of increased motivation, sometimes in odd and unusual ways. There was a report of one man who played basketball compulsively, for up to 30 hours at a time. Other individuals get involved in risky sexual behavior, gambling, and heavy drinking.
Fortunately, the dopa boost provided by M Pruriens is much more mild. My experience with this supplement has always been very positive which is why I like it so much. I cycle my supplements as recommended on this site, and I always look forward to the days when I take this one.