Mucuna pruriens is a natural herbal supplement used in Ayurvedic medicine, an ancient practice from India, that lowers stress, reduces anxiety, improves focus, boosts the libido, and elevates mood.
Mucuna pruriens is a type of adaptogen, healing plants that regulate hormones to help your body better handle stress. Specifically, mucuna pruriens contains high levels of naturally occurring L-dopa, the precursor to dopamine. Dopamine is a brain chemical that plays a major role in motivation, pleasure, and emotions. Without enough dopamine, you wind up lethargic, unfocused, and even depressed.
Mucuna L Dopa 15% Benefits
- Stress Support.
- Promotes sexual health in males.
- Precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine.
- Shows promise in treating stress and depression.
- Boost learning and reaction time.
- May protect the brain.
- May have beneficial effects on some symptoms of Parkinson's Disease.
- Increase levels of monoamine neurotransmitters, thus promoting feelings of enjoyment, motivation, & sexual desire.
Mucuna belongs to the sub-family Papilionaceae which includes 150 species of legumes. Mucuna is indigenous to tropical and sub-tropical areas and is regarded as a food source due to its viable proteins and digestibility. It was widely cultivated in eastern India and southern China and is cultivated for food use in Africa, Asia, America, and the Pacific Islands.
“Cowitch” and “cowhage” are the names the English gave to Mucuna for the species that have long hairs on the pod which cause stinging and itching by mucuna. The other species of Mucuna that have silky hairs that do not sting are known as “velvet bean”.
Mucuna’s seeds contain L-Dopa which is a precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine. L-Dopa, or Levodopa, is the main constituent of Mucuna, along with nicotinic acid, serotonin, and the precursor 5-HTP, tetrahydroisoquinoline alkaloids, bufotenine, beta-carboline, mucunain (which causes itching when it comes into contact with skin), behenic acid, CoQ10, NADH (nicotine adenine dinucleotide), Inositol (D-chiro inositol and myo-inositol), selenium, iron, magnesium, and other saponins, flavonoids, anthraquinones, terpenoides, cardiac glycosides, and tannins.
Mature seeds contain between 3-12.5% L-Dopa, and the leaves contain only 0.5%(2). L-Dopa is a direct precursor of dopamine and can also be directly synthesized from the non-essential amino acid tyrosine, or indirectly from acidphnylalanine, an essential amino acid. Both amino acids are found in protein and tyrosine is the most abundant in food sources.
L-Dopa synthesizes dopamine in the body after ingestion through a rapid conversion in the peripheral tissue. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that functions in a neuromodulatory system known as the dopamine system, consisting of dopaminergic pathways and cell groups. Dopamine is involved in motor control, executive functions, reinforcement and reward, motivation, and arousal. Other functions it influences include nausea, lactation, and sexual gratification. Dopamine is also involved in some aspects of pleasure-related cognition.
Dopamine circulating in the bloodstream is small and can be produced by the digestive system or sympathetic nervous system. Dopamine receptors in the peripheral tissues may receive the dopamine or it can be metabolized and converted in norepinephrine and then released by the adrenal glands.
Mucuna Pruriens (L-Dopa 15%) Capsules Dosage
Mucuna Pruriens (L-Dopa 15%) Capsules provide 800 mg of Mucuna seed extract (min. 15% L-Dopa, naturally occurring) and 120 mg of L-Dopa per 2 capsules.
Suggested use for adults is 2 capsules by mouth daily, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.
Mucuna Pruriens (L-Dopa 15%) Capsules Side Effects and Toxicity
Mucuna is generally well-tolerated, and the most common side effects are gastrointestinal symptoms. Side effects may include headache, sweating, palpitations, diarrhea, flatulence, dry mouth, pruritus, rash, changes in urine color, and symptoms of psychosis have been noted.
If you are taking any medications, please consult your healthcare practitioner before beginning supplementation with Mucuna.