L-Dopa – Its Effects On Testosterone Production
An ingredient found in some Testosterone boosters is L-Dopa… but what is it, and what sort of benefits can it offer.??
Its full name is Levodopa and it is naturally made in the human (and animals) body through the biosynthesis of the amino acid L-Tyrosine..
It is most commonly used for the treatment of Parkinsons disease and its inherent symptoms that include shakiness, mobility issues and stiffness
How Does L-Dopa Work
L-Dopa has been shown to convert to dopamine in the brain… this can help to control movement and is the key reason why its use in the treatment of Parkinson’s is so common
Dopamine itself is essential to our well being and by boosting its production can bring with it many other health benefits.
L-Dopa As A Testosterone Booster
There are some thoughts that L-Dopa can help to boost testosterone levels when taken in supplement form….
We have uncovered three studies that go somewhere in answering these thoughts.
The first study we found was carried out in 1987 in Yugoslavia… this particular study was carried out on female test subjects.
There is limited information regarding the actual length of the trial or the amounts given to the test subjects.
What we do know is that the scientists did discover that all test subjects experienced a significant reduction in Luteinizing Hormone (LH) – a precusor to testosterone production…
Although the test subjects on this occasion were female, the results did show a noticeable reduction in LH.. something that would have more of an impact of male patients
The Second Trial involved male subjects – 9 test subjects and 6 control for their research…
In the test subjects, they administered 500mg of L-Dopa – something that caused the levels of LH to reduce in 7 of the 9 test subjects
The Final Study was carried out in Japan in 1995…
Researchers carried out tests on Wistar lab rats to determine the effects on L-Dopa on Their LH levels
It was discovered that serum testosterone levels in the treated rats increased significantly and
that LH levels also increased ( the opposite to the other trials)….
The dose in this trial was however much larger at 1000mg per KG of bodyweight…
Similar results were not forthcoming when the dosage was reduced to 200mg, 100mg and 20mg per KG.
The general feeling was that larger doses of L-Dopa could have a direct effect on increasing LH levels..
Something that in turn is proven to increase natural testosterone production.
Side Effects Of L-Dopa Supplementation
There are some potential for side effects, especially with larger doses.. these can include:
- Vivid Dreams and Hallucinations
There is a general feeling that more human studies are required before the true effect of L-Dopa on testosterone levels is fully understood.
\But if the results of the last and most recent trial are to be believed, and if a safe yet effective dosage can be established (bearing in mind the possible side effects).
It is possible that we could be seeing L-Dopa in more and more T-Boosting products in the future..
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I am 58 years old, I currently live in London with my wife Donna. I have one married daughter aged 33
I have always had a passion for fitness, In my younger days I was a keen swimmer and competed at county level both at home and abroad. I am also a keen squash and tennis player and have always been a keen gym goer.
I have a CPD accreditation in Sports Nutrition and am a published author with my articles featuring in some popular publications.
Over the past 12 years I have studied the effects of testosterone both in the younger man and as we get older, the effects of low or reduced testosterone and how increasing its production can really improve your health.
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