What is Mucuna Pruriens?
Mucuna Pruriens, also known as velvet bean, is a tropical legume grown in Africa and Asia. It has been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine as a toxin antagonist against various snakebites.
It is known as a good source of L-DOPA, a precursor to dopamine, helping to boost feelings of well-being.
It has also been used to help treat men with erectile disfunction, boosting testosterone, sperm counts, and seminal motility.
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What Does Mucuna Pruriens do?
Mucuna Pruriens is known as a great source of L-DOPA, a precursor to dopamine. Several studies have associated the high source of L-DOPA found in Mucuna Pruriens to be an effective way to help reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. It is thought that since L-DOPA is naturally produced in the plant, it is much more effective at helping boost and protect brain functions than it’s synthetically made counterparts.
It has also been shown that Mucuna Pruriens can exhibit anti-depressant capabilities helping individuals deal with stressful situations by reducing the buildup of stressful feelings while also helping to elevate their mood.
Mucuna Pruriens has been commonly used as a supplement to help fight against male infertility, helping to increase sperm count, sperm quality, and sperm motility. This may lead to an increase in LH & FSH levels, the precursor hormones to testosterone.
Velvet bean has also been used for thousands of years in Nigeria as a way to help build up a tolerance or immunity from snakebites (nerotoxins).
What are the benefits of Mucuna Pruriens?
- Great source of natural L-DOPA
- Helps protect and repair the brain
- Has anti-depressant capabilities
- Fights against male infertility
- May increase testosterone
- Used to build tolerance to neurotoxins (snakebites)
How to use Mucuna Pruriens?
It has been noted that to feel the best effects regarding Mucuna Prurien’s abilities to help fight against male infertility a dosage of 5g per day is recommended.
To fight against the debilitation effects of Parkinson’s Disease, dosages ranging from 5g – 20g per day may be used.
Side effects of Mucuna Pruriens?
The regular ingestion of Mucuna Pruriens in a double blind study noted no significant side effects from dosages ranging from 15-30g of of Mucuna Pruriens powder over the course of 12-20 weeks.
Having been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine, this supplement is generally regarded as quite safe for adult consumption.