The way you look and feel is primarily based on your genetics, hormones, and neurotransmitters. Diet, exercise, controlling your thoughts, and other factors … all affect your hormones and neurotransmitters and thus, can turn genes on or off.
I mention this because today I’m going to reveal my 3 favorites, clinically proven herbs that will instantly increase your dopamine levels and thus, improve your energy, mood and desire.
Feel Good “Chemical”
Now, many people know Dopamine as a “feel-good chemical”.
More specifically, Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and cognition. Dopamine is involved in motivation, addiction, attention, lust, desire and happiness.
In fact, lots of “sinful” actions such as sex, gambling, and drug use/addiction (alcohol, cocaine, heroin, etc.) all increase dopamine release.
But the problem here is that as great as you feel with the increase in dopamine, the LESS sensitive your dopamine receptors become and thus, you need MORE “stimulation” to get the same “happiness” or “high”.
Thus, one reason for “addiction”.
Aging = Less Dopamine
Unfortunately, dopamine levels decline as we age resulting in decreased mental performance, depression, “drive”, energy levels, happiness, and accelerated brain aging.6
Now, one of the best ways to improve this is to take herbs that naturally increase both dopamine levels AND dopamine receptor sensitivity.
When these 3 clinically proven herbs are combined in the correct dosage and extract, you’ll have:
- elevated brain dopamine levels. 6,24
- 74% improvement in mental acuity.6
- 57% improvement in mental processing time and speed. 24
- increase alpha-brain waves and electrical brain activity. 30
- improved mood and better relaxation. 30
My Three Favorite Herbal Extracts
1. Velvet Bean extract (Mucuna pruriens)
Velvet Bean extract (Mucuna pruriens) (20% catecholamines; 15% L-dopa extract)
L-DOPA is a precursor to the catecholamine (cat·e·chol·amine) neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine. While L-DOPA can cross the blood-brain barrier, dopamine cannot, making L-DOPA the preferred compound to elevate brain dopamine levels.
2. Neuravena® Wild Green Oat extract
Neuravena® Wild Green Oat extract inhibits the monoamine oxidase-B (MAO-B) enzyme. This is important, because age-related decline in dopamine is largely caused by rising levels of MAO-B. In a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial, there was a 74% improvement on a standard test of mental acuity 6 and 57% improvement in mental processing time and speed.
Neuravena is the only clinically proven form of wild green oat extract shown to acutely improve attention and concentration as well as the ability to maintain task focus in older adults.34 It’s also been proven to enhance cerebral vasodilation, which can help improve cognition and reduce the formation of plaque in the brain.34
3. Great Tea Extract / L-Theanine
Great tea extract has small amounts of an amino acid called L-Theanine. You’ll need to drink a LOT of green tea to get the clinical benefits of L-Theanine, so that’s why I just recommend taking L-Theanine by itself.
Now, L-Theanine produces calming effects in the brain by increasing levels of serotonin and dopamine and blocking the binding of L-glutamic acid to glutamate receptors.25-31 This allows L-theanine to cross the blood-brain barrier and increase dopamine levels in your brain.
The calming, mood-enhancing effect is achieved by helping to increase alpha-brain waves, electrical brain activity commonly present when you are very relaxed, literally putting you in a better mood.30
Now, even though you are relaxed, your energy levels are higher.
Additionally, It has anti-depressant and anti-anxiety effects, reduces mental and physical stress, and leads to improvements in learning and memory in humans and animals.[9,10]
The Best Combination That’s Clinically Proven
Now, I don’t recommend you take each of these ingredients individually because it’s time-consuming, not convenient, and becomes expensive over time.
However, the good news is that if you want to increase your energy levels, mood, cognition, memory, and physical stamina by optimizing your youthful hormones and neurotransmitters such as dopamine, stress hormones, ATP, and mitochondria, I suggest using one of my favorite all-natural solutions called Body-Brain Energy.
Now, I recommend Body-Brain Energy because it already combines these 3 ingredients with other, clinically proven ingredients…. at the correct extract AND dosage amount.
This is what I personally use for myself, my family, clients, patients, and even my professional athletes.
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- Unpublished data on file. Frutarom 2015.
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