Many people that are dopamine dominant require rather large amounts of mucuna 40% powder and/or tyrosine powder to optimize neurotransmitter function; this can be difficult for many people, as the powders often do not mix well. However, we have several tried-and-true methods that can help make this process much easier.

Taking a number of supplement throughout the day can by difficult in the best of circumstances. If some of those supplements are powders that either don’t mix well or that taste like chalk (i.e., tyrosine), it can make compliance that much more difficult.

However, for people that are dopamine dominant, it can be an inconvenient fact that they need amino acid support throughout the day to optimize neurotransmitter function in order to alleviate their symptoms.

The good news is that there are ways to sneak these powders into one’s daily routine without feeling like you just have to “choke them down”. Here are a number of tried-and-true ways our clients have used to mix the Mucuna 40% powder and/or Tyrosine Powder. Be sure and vary how you do it so you don’t get burned out on any one method.

Mixing Options for Mucuna 40% and/or Tyrosine Powder

  • Blend with Organic Greek yogurt with or without fresh/frozen berries/fruit
  • Blend with a banana with almond/soy/coconut/rice milk with or without fresh/frozen berries
  • Add it to oatmeal
  • Put in a smoothie
  • Mix in applesauce or pear-sauce; add cinnamon and/or raisins to taste
  • Blend with yogurt with fruit – 2-4 ounces per serving
  • Blend with applesauce, Berry Stevia Drops (1 dropperful) and berries (blueberries or raspberries)
  • Mix in water and drink over 10-20 minutes (eat something before and after)
  • Mix in juice – orange, grape, apple, pear, mango, peach, pineapple
  • Mix with lemonade and/or iced tea
  • Mix with Boost or other meal-replacement shake
  • Mix with key-lime yogurt
  • Mix with chocolate, vanilla (or other flavor) pudding
  • Mix with pumpkin (straight from the can); add cinnamon, ginger and a pinch of nutmeg to taste
  • Mix with a small amount of frozen yogurt, sorbet or coconut ice cream (dairy free)
  • Blend with cooked sweet potatoes (hot or cold)
  • Mix with thick soups/stews
  • Mix with Silk Almond Milk (Dark Chocolate) – the thickness helps with the texture

Other Ideas, Thoughts and Tricks

  • Grind the tyrosine powder in a coffee grinder, Vitamix, Cuisinart or mortar and pestle to help with grittiness/texture and mouth feel
  • If you have a problem with the texture of the tyrosine, be sure and grind it up into a fine(r) powder and mix with some semi-solid food (i.e., applesauce, sweet potato or yogurt), thick juice (mango, coconut, pear) or put it in a smoothie to better cover the grittiness
  • Eat something before (and possibly after) taking the powders
  • Mix up tyrosine and/or Mucuna 40% powder the night before as needed and store in the refrigerator
    • Put in Greek style yogurt, applesauce  or juice and mix; put in refrigerator overnight
    • After consumption, rinse with a little liquid and drink to get all remaining powder
  • Use Stevia (drops or powder) for sweetening
  • Add Mucuna 40% powder and/or tyrosine powder with other powdered supplements
  • Use a shaker cup to more thoroughly dissolve/suspend the powders in liquid of choice
  • “Chug” the liquid with tyrosine/Mucuna 40% powder (i.e., drink it as quickly as possible)
  • Eat something healthy and tasty after consuming the powders; just enough to change the taste in your mouth and make you smile 🙂
  • Use a TALL glass to mix up the powders/liquids so you have room to rock it back and forth as you drink it in order to keep the solids/powders in solution better, which will make it easier to swallow
  • Remember that the grit is not a “drug” or “chemical” but actually all-natural (either rice flour, the actual product itself or other natural filler)