Mucuna Pruriens Makes You Feel Good

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Also known as the velvet bean, is an annual, climbing shrub with long vines. When the plant is young, it is almost completely covered with fuzzy hairs that disappear as it matures.

Mucuna pruriens has been found to contain L-DOPA, 40 mg/g of the plant. L-dopa is an important amino acid and a precursor of dopamine(the feel good hormone). It is a derivative of the amino acid L-tyrosine, and can be administered to the body whereas dopamine cannot. L-dopa can penetrate the membrane walls within the central nervous system and be absorbed directly by the cells, and thus converted into dopamine. Dopamine again helps a lot of important brain functions like sleep, mood, learning, memory, behavior, and regulating prolactin production from the pituitary.

Dopamine is also active in the Human growth hormone (HGH) cycle, namely by increasing the responsiveness of the hypothalamus towards any release of growth hormone in the bloodstream. Several studies have demonstrated that L-dopa stimulates HGH release. Furthermore, tests done on mice have also demonstrated an increase in lifespan in those mice that were given L-dopa.

Isn’t it surprising that a humble bean can actually have these anti aging properties! Velvet beans have long been known to have health benefits back in their native countries like Thailand, even regarded as a powerful aphrodisiacs.

It has long been used to increase the sexual libido in both men and women. Prolactin is a hormone released by the pituitary gland which is considered to be the cause for erection failure in men.

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Benefits of Mucuna Pruriens main ingredient L-Dopa:

  • Improved sleep (promotes deep sleep)

  • Decreased wrinkles

  • Reduced bodyfat & decreased cellulite

  • Increased energy levels

  • Improved skin texture & appearance

  • Recommended for use with Parkinson’s disease

  • Increased lean muscle mass

  • Increased bone density and reversal of osteoporosis

  • Increased lean muscle mass

  • Dramatically strengthed immune system

  • Improved mood and sense of will-being

  • Enhanced libido & sexual performance

  • Improved cholestorol profile & regeneration of organs (heart, kidney,liver,lungs)

  • Increase muscle and decrease fat

  • Improve mental functions, including better sleep

  • Support male fertility (healthier sperm) and erection

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Mucuna pruriens dried beans contain 20-35% crude protein. The pod is covered with orange hairs that can cause an itch because of serotonin and mucunain. Because the beans of Mucuna pruriens are high in protein, they are also used to increase muscle mass.

The plant/seeds contain the bioactive alkaloids like mucunine, mucunadine etc. Studies in experimental model show L-Dopa also helps in the reduction of cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Mucuna has long been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease. Mucuna has also been proven helpful when treating depression. When doses of Mucuna pruriens beans were administered to people suffering from Parkinson’s disease, they experienced considerable reduction in Parkinson’s disease symptoms.

Other Ingredients

Besides L-dopa , Mucuna Pruriens contains tetrahydroisoquinoline alkaloids, D-chiro-inositol and its galacto- derivatives, trace amounts of bufotenine, DMT, and beta-carboline. The amount of L-dopa in the seed can range from 30 to 130 ng/ml. L-dopa in mucuna is not the only ingredient to affect the Parkinson’s disease symptoms. The other substances present will also influence brain function and affect its the anti-Parkinson activity.

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Dosage

The recommended dosage is 5-6g  per day. One gram of Mucuna contains about 40mg of L-dopa, so that will give you 200 -240mg of L-dopa.

L-dopa must never be overdosed,stay below 1g/day, as it can result in severe adverse effects if taken in excess. These include nausea, vomiting, mental and emotional disturbances, hypertension, internal bleeding, and instability of the nervous system – besides others.

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