Benefits of Mucuna Pruriens and my experiences after two years use.
Mucuna Pruriens is a tropical legume known as velvet bean (cowitch). Mucuna Pruriens is pretty popular herb in Ayurveda which is the oldest known health system in the world dating back to past over 5000 years ago. Traditional Indian medicine considers Mucuna Pruriens to be antidiabetic, aphrodisiac and to improve fertility properties. Modern western science has shown that Mucuna Pruriens extract works more effectively than pure L-Dopa and that its action starts sooner and lasts for longer.
Mucuna Pruriens contains high levels of L-Dopa (levodopa) which functions as a precursor to dopamine. Unlike dopamine it has ability to cross blood-brain barrier. That will elevate your dopamine levels which makes you feel good and happy. dopamine will increase our attention span and concentration. It might help to mitigate attention deficit and has calming yet mood lifting effect. It has been also reported to increase lucid dreams and dream vividly.
Mucuna Pruriens acts as a hGH secretagogue (meaning it causes secretion of another compound) by increasing our dopamine levels which then increase our growth hormone levels. It has been already long known that dopamine is central compound in increasing our growth hormone secretion. It seems that dopamine increases secretion of Growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) and prevents the secretion of Growth hormone-inhibiting hormone (GHIH or somatostatin) (source). Therefore dopamine acts as a one of the best natural hHG releasers. High levels of human Growth hormone (hGH) are known as a major key for human longevity.
Mucuna Pruriens is said to be one of the greatest herb on earth. But let’s take a look real studies.
Mucuna Pruriens studies
Mucuna pruriens stress
In study made with infertile men who were under psychological stress, it was noted that mucuna pruriens increases well-being, helps in management of stress and lowers serum cortisol levels. (See study)
Mucuna Pruriens testosterone
Mucuna Pruriens is also shown to increase testosterone levels significantly in infertile men. For healthy men the increase wasn’t that high but still significant. Remember every change to raise your testosterone counts. Also Mucuna Pruriens significantly improved the quantity and quality of infertile men’s semen quality. Mucuna Pruriens also seems to decrease prolactin. (source, another study).
Mucuna Pruriens dopamine
Mucuna Pruriens has been said to elevate your dopamine levels mainly because its natural L-dopa content. But you might wonder has this been proven in scientific studies. Yes, its been tested in studies and as it turns out: Mucuna pruriens can at least recover decreased seminal and blood plasma dopamine levels.
“Treatment with M. pruriens recovered the seminal plasma and blood plasma dopamine levels in normozoospermic (65%, 63%; P<.01), oligozoospermic (70%, 19%; P<.05), and asthenozoospermic (72%, 75%; P<.01) men, as compared with pretreatment levels." - Mucuna pruriens improves male fertility
Mucuna Pruriens Parkinson’s Disease
Mucuna Pruriens might able to reduce symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease (1, 2, 3).
As you can see: mucuna pruriens benefits are backed up by several human and animal studies.
Safety of Mucuna Pruriens
When used reasonably intelligently and in a proper way Mucuna Pruriens is safe and effective for most healthy people.
Is Mucuna Pruriens a drug and can you overdose & get addicted? L-Dopa that Mucuna Pruriens contains is just a precursor that our body can use to produce more dopamine. It will not probably stimulate us to direction we wouldn’t want to go too much so developing an addiction is not likely. Overdosing might be possible, I suggest you to follow dosage suggested by manufacturer, or your physician.
Possible side effects
You should not use Mucuna Pruriens if you are pregnant, nursing or taking MAO (Monamine Oxidase) inhibitor drugs which prevent dopamine being broken down by monoamine oxidase. Other contraindications are schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or usage of any drug especially those that affect neurotrasmitter functions. Do not use if you have any kind of blood clotting disorder.
If you use medicines or suffer from some kind a disease, you should always check with your doctor before adding any new herbs to your nutritional supplement regimen.
Personal benefits of Mucuna Pruriens
It improves feelings of well being and motivation. Mucuna Pruriens leads also to increased sexual desires and better sexual function. My experience is that Mucuna Pruriens will raise libido pretty fast.
Mucuna is an awesome state booster when used in moderation. Mucuna Pruriens is a fun herb to experiment with. It’s incredibly beneficial for people who are dealing with symptoms of stress, anxiety or depression or symptoms of dopamine deficiency.
When taken every day for 1-2 weeks the effects will wear down, and I have to take some time off – two weeks to one month and come back to it later. Experiment with your usage. I think Mucuna Pruriens should be used in cycles, for example two weeks on two weeks off.
Who should use Mucuna Pruriens?
Mucuna Pruriens should be used by people who want to optimize and raise their dopamine levels to gain improved mood and energy, enhanced libido and sexual capacity and optimized testosterone production. Mucuna Pruriens is also being used by people who want to optimize their growth hormone levels like bodybuilders, athletes and people who want to look good and stay young.
Mucuna Pruriens products
You might be able to buy Mucuna Pruriens in good supplied health food stores. You can also order it from the Internet from various places such as iHerb or amazon.com.