Mucuna Pruriens (Velvet Bean Extract)
Mucuna pruriens contains high levels of naturally occurring L-dopa, which is the precursor to dopamine. Dopamine is a key neurotransmitter in the brain that is necessary for coordinating proper body movements and also things like learning, increasing motivation and regulating moods. Mucuna has been shown to benefit those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.
Mood Lifter & Natural Antidepressant – Research suggests that Mucuna pruriens doesn’t only affect dopamine. Those taking mucuna pruriens extract exhibited increases in two more key neurotransmitters that affect mood: serotonin and norepinephrine. Mucuna also seems to also have a profoundly balancing and restorative effect on the entire nervous system and thus can play a vital role in helping to manage stress.
Hormone Balance and Reproductive Health – Mucuna pruriens shows an affinity for all of the tissues in the body, but is especially suited to balance the nervous, reproductive, and digestive systems. A study showed that treatment with velvet beans improved hormone levels, luteinizing hormone, dopamine, adrenaline and noradrenaline levels in men. Increases in seminal quality and an increase in seminal motility were also noted, lending support for both healthy sperm and ova.
Highly Nutritional Plant – Mucuna prurien is an exceptional plant. It is a good source of food, being rich in crude protein, essential fatty acids, starch content, and certain essential amino acids. It also contains various anti-nutritional factors, such as protease inhibitors, total phenolics, oligosaccharides (raffinose, stachyose, verbascose), and some cyclitols that may help to support healthy blood sugar. It also possesses bioactive compounds such as phenols, polyphenols and tannins.