In fact, Dopamine plays an important role in regulating mood and modulating emotional responses like feelings of pleasure, happiness, libido (sexual drive), sleep, addiction, motivation, mood, and of course motor movement, focus, and concentration.
Every responsible user shall be aware of safety concerns associated with taking supplements that affect Dopamine levels.
There are certain safety rules that allow you to avoid ill effects and prevent health aggravation.
Regardless of all the absolute advantages of Dopamine, this supplement shall be taken under the care of a therapist.
It is not recommended to take Dopamine supplements if a patient suffers from hardened arteries, circulation problems, diabetes, frostbite, sulfite allergy, or a history of blood clots.
In cases with pheochromocytoma (tumor of the adrenal gland), Buerger’s disease, or asthma, an intentional increase of Dopamine level is strongly not recommended.
Besides the contraindications associated with diseases specified herein, patients using MAO-I should get professional medical advice before taking Dopamine supplements in such cases.
Today medical community does not recommend using Dopamine supplements together with MAO-inhibitors (furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), tranylcypromine (Parnate) as such provides unreasonable risks.
Dopamine can be increased in different ways.
If categorized, there are two ways with different mechanisms:
- Taking Magnesium L-Threonate and L-DOPA precursors (Phenylalanine, Tyrosine, Phosphatidylserine (phospholipids), Mucuna Pruriens, L-Theanine, Rhodiola, etc.). This option is a “chemical” way to increase Dopamine levels.
- Reducing stress, taking fish oil, multivitamins, and eating healthy food
Note: There are a number of chemicals that naturally increase a level of Dopamine and differ one from another on a magnitude of action, power, duration, and provided effects.
Dopamine Pills Ingredients
It’s assumed that Dopamine taken in pills has an important distinction from pills containing Dopamine precursors. And such distinction lies in the fact that in order to be delivered to CNS (central nervous system), Dopamine pills’ content needs to cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB), which Dopamine pills can’t do.
In the case of Dopamine precursors, the pills don’t need to cross the BBB.
Instead, they will increase the availability of organic components required for manufacturing Dopamine within the body naturally.
It is safe to say that Dopamine pills containing Dopamine precursors (L-Dopa, L-Phenylalanine, L-Tyrosine, etc.) are proved to provide a positive effect on mood, cognitive health, concentration, sleep, motivation, and many others.
The first way to naturally increase Dopamine levels is by taking magnesium supplements: Magnesium L-Threonate.
Magnesium compound is deeply described in many scientific studies and medical journals to give a full understanding of its qualities as a Dopamine booster.
Magnesium supplements are relatively cheap and offer a safe solution to naturally raise a level of Dopamine.
There are also several symptoms showing lack of magnesium and may involve headaches, fatigue, heart palpitations, rapid heart, hypertension, muscle spasms, some neurological disturbances (mood swings, depression), and also irritability and/or costiveness.
If you experience some of the abovementioned symptoms or feel them growing, you should consult with a therapist who may easily test you for a magnesium deficiency (sublingual epithelial test).
Many clinical trials addressed the role of magnesium in increasing Dopamine levels. As it comes from scientific research papers, Dopamine and magnesium levels within the body are correlated.
As such, it was found that a substantial part of people is chronically deficient in magnesium.
This was confirmed by studies performed within the US. And it shows that more than fifty (50%) percent of people need to compensate for a shortcoming of magnesium.
Some studies focused on understanding the reason for magnesium deficiency and found some signs indicating the possible problem.
For instance, if you feel a craving for salty products (pickled cucumbers, salted fish, and others containing salt), pastry, buns, cakes, or other carbohydrate-containing products and junk food. One of the potential causes of that is magnesium deficiency.
But why such a body reaction is normally associated with a magnesium deficiency?
The answer lies within the mechanism initiating the release of Dopamine by triggering Dopamine neurotransmitters.
Both sugar food and drugs affect the same excitatory pathways and build up an addiction. The brain receives special messages to intensify Dopamine release and drops the distinction between sugar products or drugs.
Knowing the reasons for that process, a proper Dopamine balance could be easily managed by ceasing consuming sugar and junk food. But frequently, the habit to eat this type of food is insuperable and users keep starting the cycle of Dopamine release on and on.
A second way to increase Dopamine is by taking pills increasing the availability of Dopamine precursor – L-DOPA.
Well known as a direct precursor of Dopamine, L-DOPA can be produced from amino acids – Tyrosine (L-Tyrosine) and Phenylalanine (L-Phenylalanine), or can be taken in form of Levodopa pills.
Levodopa is a synthetic version of natural L-DOPA. And it’s recommended to be taken in a stack with Carbidopa to decrease an initial dosage of Levodopa without minifying its positive effects.
The most popular and best-selling Dopamine pills are L-Tyrosine and L-Phenylalanine.
L-Tyrosine was recognized to be safer from the point of breaking down period. As L-Phenylalanine stays longer than L-Tyrosine in the blood, it theoretically can accumulate toxins faster than L-Tyrosine.
Moreover, side effects of most medical professionals do not suggest using L-Phenylalanine as the first-option medication for increasing Dopamine levels.
Tyrosine is usually used in a more bioavailable form of N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine (NALT) and in a stack with precursors of serotonin (e.g. 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan). As such combination may increase boosting effects.
With respect to Tyrosine, the start dose should be 100 mg per day divided into several intakes.
Phenylalanine is a second amino acid often used to increase Dopamine levels. And in the case of this Dopamine pill, requires a sufficient volume of vitamins B3, B6, C, copper, and iron for a better result.
There are two forms of Phenylalanine: L-Phenylalanine, D-Phenylalanine, and a combination of the specified two – DL-Phenylalanine. The recommended dosage for beginners is 100mg per day.
Our body is designed to balance chemical homeostasis and spend less energy (if possible) for producing neurotransmitters, neurochemicals, etc.
Following this logic, when your brain recognizes that Dopamine (received from pills) supports the required level of Dopamine within the brain, it will manage chemicals to produce less natural Dopamine thereby saving energy.
Such a process produces an “addiction effect” and causes a depressed production of Dopamine within the brain what changes natural homeostasis.
To control this process, users are required to cycle dosages, interrupt regular usage, or cease taking Dopamine pills for a while after a couple of weeks.