Here’s how you can boost your dopamine levels naturally

Boosting your dopamine levels need not involve dangerous and life-threatening practices — most of the time, adding healthy foods to your diet and taking natural supplements is enough


When it comes to the brain’s chemical messengers (neurotransmitters), nothing compares to dopamine.

A neurotransmitter that activates the brain’s pleasure and reward centers, dopamine plays an important role in stimulating motivation, mental energy and drive. Because of its effects on the brain’s pleasure centers, it’s not surprising that many unhealthy and even dangerous habits, such as drug use and gambling, is somewhat associated with dopamine. (Related: What is the link between dopamine and mental health?)

But according to experts, there are safe and natural ways to increase your dopamine levels, most of which involve taking natural plant compounds and herbal supplements. Here are some of them:

Velvet bean (Mucuna pruriens)

Velvet bean, also known as cowage, is a tropical legume that contains L-dopa, a dopamine precursor. It is said to enhance mood, memory, overall brain health and even libido. It is also looked at as a potential treatment option for Parkinson’s, a disease characterized by low dopamine levels.

Maidenhair tree (Ginkgo biloba)

Ginkgo is one of the most widely-used herbal supplements in the world. It is used for a wide variety of brain-related disorders, such as memory loss, brain fog, depression and anxiety. According to studies, ginkgo’s brain-supporting properties are linked to its ability to increase the turnover of dopamine and serotonin.

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In addition, ginkgo also helps reduce stress and anxiety by lowering the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body.


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