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Owing to the many stresses of modern life can leave you depleted in many ways, especially with dopamine.
However, for those who do not require intensive pharmacotherapy, it’s essential to be familiar with nutritional supplements that might be effective in helping to maintain balanced moods.
Therefore, if you need a quick dopamine boost, these yummy dopamine bean bliss balls are the perfect snack filled with healthy ingredients that will help increase dopamine levels naturally! However, keep in mind (temporarily).
In fact, dopamine is essential for motivation, productivity, and happiness. So, if you’re looking to support your body’s natural dopamine production, then this recipe could bring an effective healthy balance.
So much in fact because it incorporates mucuna pruriens, a tropical legume native to parts of Africa, India, and Southern China clinically proven to increase dopamine levels effectively.
If you have never tried mucuna pruriens before, consuming ground mucuna pruriens independently tastes bitter; however, the flavor pairs well with sweet-tasting, plant-based foods, like dates and vanilla (the ingredients in this recipe).
Also, this recipe is fast and very simple to make, such as combining all the ingredients in a blender, rolling the mixture into little balls, and letting them sit in the freezer to firm up. That’s it!
Enjoy these for breakfast, a snack, or whenever you want a delicious and healthy way to increase dopamine levels.
Toxic Heavy Metals In Your Body Negatively Effect Dopamine.
Toxic heavy metals in your brain, can cause altering and hampering of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin—resulting in a depressive state. To find out more, visit my article on the heavy metal detox smoothie for an effective detox.
How Dopamine Affects Your Behavior
There are many significant and minor signaling chemicals in the brain. The major neurotransmitters in your brain include glutamate and GABA, the primary excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters, respectively, as well as neuromodulators including chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, and acetylcholine.
Dopamine (DA) is an essential modulatory neurotransmitter in the brain – one of three that belongs to the catecholamine family. The catecholamine family includes the neurotransmitter norepinephrine (noradrenaline) and the hormone-neurotransmitter epinephrine (adrenaline).
Dopamine is produced in the substantia nigra, ventral tegmental area, and hypothalamus of the brain. It plays a vital role in thinking, feeling, and acting, e.g., feelings of pleasure, motivation + drive, and addiction, and helps us learn which activities are beneficial for our survival and which ones are not.
Dopamine is released when we experience something pleasurable, such as eating a delicious meal or spending time with our friends and family. It teaches us what does or doesn’t feel good, which helps to guide our behavior. When dopamine levels are low, we may not feel motivated to do anything and may lack interest in activities that we usually enjoy.
Lastly, addiction is also connected to dopamine. When an addict uses drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine, or alcohol, they experience a rush of dopamine that makes them feel good, creating an intense craving for the addictive substance, challenging to resist.
Dopamine List Of Functions
If you’re looking to support your body’s natural production of dopamine, try mucuna pruriens. This herb is high in L-dopa, which is a direct precursor to dopamine. Dopamine is essential for our well-being, and plays a role in many important aspects of life. By understanding the neuroscience of dopamine, we can better understand how it affects our behavior.
Although there are many functions, these are just a few examples: (dopamine is release stimulating).
- Sleep regulation
- Reproductive behaviors
Mucuna pruriens in Parkinson disease
A double-blind, randomized, controlled, crossover study
American Academy Of Neurology
no bake– dopamine bean bliss balls
Once your ingredients are gathered, you’re just 10 minutes away from happy snacking Shangri-la. Enjoy eating these treats for breakfast, a snack, or whenever you want a delicious, healthy way to increase dopamine levels.
RECIPE YIELDS 10 SERVINGS
- 1/3 cup pitted Deglet dates
- 2/3 cup soaked cashews
- 2/3 cup gluten-free oats / Oates are naturally gluten-free.
- 1/8 tsp himalayan salt
- 1tsp whole vanilla bean
- 1/2 cup shredded organic coconut
1. Put all ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor. Blend until a thick dough forms.
2. Using your hands, roll the dough into small balls. Then roll around on the shredded coconut and sprinkle with cinnamon, vanilla powder, or even more mucuna powder if you like.
3. Then, place them on the prepared parchment paper-lined cookie sheet, cover them, and place them into a freezer for at least 10 minutes to become solid.
*Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
How to use a vanilla bean
To open, slice the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and run the knife along the bean to scrape out the seeds; just a tiny amount is needed for delicious flavor and therapeutic benefits.
A HELPFUL NOTE:
One vanilla bean is comparable to about three teaspoons of vanilla extract.
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