The velvet bean, grown as a minor food crop in the tropical and sub-tropical regions of India, Africa and the Caribbean is known to contain tonifying and strengthening properties and is a traditional medicine that is used even today to stimulate muscle growth. This hormone has been shown to increase growth hormone levels by providing the amino acid L-Dopa, which converts to dopamine, the chemical responsible for the proper functioning of the brain. This helps prevent muscles from getting over tensed or trembling or twitching during or after workout. Dopamine is considered to be the best natural HGH (Human Growth Hormone) releaser by stimulating the pituitary gland to increase its production. A high level of this hormone is considered a major key for human longevity. It also contains secretagogues that boost the natural release of HGH. Supplementing with a high potency extract of this herb, especially if you are a regular coffee addict, smoker or consumer of sugary foods, may help to restore depleted HGH levels through elevated dopamine. The recommended dose is one or two 800mg early in the day with breakfast or lunch.

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The potential benefits

The overall benefits from the use of this supplement tend to ease the common symptoms of depression and anxiety. It helps to increase the level of concentration and enable to manage stress in a more controlled manner, mostly due to the effect of serotonin and L-Dopa. It is also said to possess a neuroprotective effect on the brain cells as well as other bodily functions which can possibly reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging. Its extracts have proven to improve sexual function. While men realize increase in endurance as well as libido while women realize enhanced libido. It is known to minimize oxidative damage to the sperm. Its anti-oxidant properties help to clean out toxins and various other harmful poisons from our bodies. All these positive effects are common with proper dosing recommendations.

Probable side effects of the herb

Although this herb is relatively safe to consume, it can still have a number of side effects, especially when taken in high doses or used over prolonged periods. The probable side effects include increased body temperature, insomnia, rapid heartbeat and mood swings. While this herb is known to have helped many people with low dopamine levels, there are some precautions which must be taken to avoid the risk of any danger. Those suffering from schizophrenia or any other mental illness characterized by extreme fluctuation in dopamine levels should avoid taking this medicine before consulting a physician. Use of this herbal medicine in treating depression or Parkinson’s disease should be supervised by an expert health professional. People having melanoma or at high risk of skin cancer should avoid taking this due to this herb containing L-Dopa. Those people suffering from diabetes and already taking diabetes medication or undergoing treatment for heart disease or low blood pressure should consult their doctors before taking this herbal medicine. The proper dosing recommendations by a knowledgeable health care professional should be considered in order to avoid the probable side effects of this herb.