Mucuna Pruriens Powder
- Mucuna Pruriens
± 60g - 70g
½ teaspoon once a day
up to 3 teaspoons for cronic ailments
Mucuna is a phenomenal creeping vine that can be found growing in many tropical regions of the world including India, the Caribbean and many areas of Africa to name but a few.
The mucuna plant has created almost impenetrable defense tactics to keep its fruit from being eaten, including covering its pods in thousands of tiny hairs that cause intense pain and itching in those unlucky enough to touch it, but for anyone tenacious enough to pry a pod of the velvet bean plant open, there lies great reward inside.
Tucked away in the pods of the climbing mucuna vine lie one of nature’s most unusual and interesting beans. This fantastic bean is both an amazing food source and an unmatched medicinal nootropic.
Mucuna is a vigorous annual climbing legume originally from southern China and eastern India, where it was at one time widely cultivated as a green vegetable crop, and is still one of the most popular green crops currently known in the tropics
all parts of the mucuna plant are used medicinally however the bean has the highest concentration of beneficial compounds. Traditionally the bean has been used to lower stress, reduces anxiety, improves focus, boosts the libido, elevates mood and most notably to treat parkinsonism and neurodegeneration.
Mucuna seeds contains tryptamines, polyphenols and tannins and are thus far the only known naturally occurring sources of L-Dopa - the precursor to dopamine, an important neurotransmitter that is essential for sleep, memory, mood, mental functions, and calming the nervous system. The presence of L-Dopa makes mucuna a vital ally for those suffering from parkinsons disease - nerve cells that produce dopamine in the brain slowly break down or die. So people with the disease have lowered levels of dopamine, which causes abnormal brain activity. L-Dopa has been proven t0 cross the blood - brain barrier and undergo conversion to dopamine, restoring neurotransmission.
Mucuna doesn’t only affect dopamine, various studies also show increases in two more key neurotransmitters that affect mood: serotonin and norepinephrine - making this bean a great alternative for those suffering from lack of motivation, sex drive, and depression.
Strangely enough mucuna has also been used since antiquity to provide protection against various snake bites. New research shows that it protects against the toxic effects through an immune mechanism, an immunogenic multiform glycoprotein stimulates the production of antibodies that cross-react (bind to) with certain venom proteins. Finally this mind altering bean has also shown promise for those suffering from ADHD by boosting epinephrine and norepinephrine levels which regulates energy and helps focus the mind and nervous system
We produce a cultivated powder of white mucuna beans as they contain slightly higher amounts of L-Dopa than the black and brown varieties