Hey guys today we’re going to be taking a look at Mucuna Pruiens (Pure –ree- ns). I will include links to information I’ve used in the course of this research as I’ve mentioned in all my reviews always consult your health care professional before taking any product you see from sources that aren’t certified, licensed or that have not been tested by the FDA and the medical science community. Mucuna is a tropical legume known as velvet bean or cowitch. It’s found in Africa, India and the Caribbean. The plant itself is infamous for the extreme itchiness it produces on contact, however today we’re looking at its medicinal elements, benefits and my personal experience using this herb. Traditionally, the seeds of Mucuna have been used in Ayurvedic (Air- O- Vedic) Medicine, Ayurveic means “The Knowledge For Long Life”.
It’s the world’s richest sources of L-Dopa and has been used medicinally for thousands of years to promote sexual function, youthful vigor, burn off body fat and increase lean muscle mass. Mucuna stimulates the Pituitary gland. The Pituitary gland helps control growth, blood pressure, sexual function in both male and females, thyroid gland function, helps in food metabolism, pain relief, osmolarity (Oz-moe-larity) regulation, which is water balance by the kidneys, temperature regulation and pain relief. In Pharmacology the mucuna seeds high concentration of Levodopa (Lee-Vo-dopa), the precursor of the neurotransmitter Dopamine has been studied in Airovedic Indian medicine for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
Along with its source of L-Dopa it also contains Serotonin. My primary focus on Mucuna derived from the fact that I was looking for a mood balance enhancer to go along with or enhance other areas of Adaptogen’s that I’ve been trying. So what are the benefits of Mucuna Pruiens and or what have I experienced from using the product. It does have a very mild to moderate mood lifting affect. The sensation is similar to a sense of joy. It sparks a feeling of alertness, energy, concentration and perhaps a mild euphoric sensation depending on your state of mind.
Some may even liken the sensation to a mild alcohol buzz in which you feel at ease, a soothing sense of calm or clarity, along with a spry boost in confidence. I typically take a teaspoon full mixed with Yogurt or Chocolate Syrup, stirred with milk, because the powder is so fine that it will simply float on top of a liquid. You could take it with ice cream, stirred with a smoothie, mixed with honey or jam, because you want to make sure that it doesn’t stick to whatever container you’re going to consume it from. Mucuna can be a little pricey, so I take it sparingly on those occasions where I’m looking to take a little bit of the edge off during a stressful day or in preparation for an event or function where I want a lift in my demeanor. Granted, those are my particular experiences and in no way I’m I suggesting that you may get the same benefit or that the product could or should be used in any way to treat any medical conditions, for use in weight loss, muscle conditioning, physiological or psychological treatment. There isn’t a lot of information concerning side the effects of Mucuna, however a word of caution is outlined for those who suffer from Glaucoma, people using MAO inhibitors, those who have a history of melanoma or suspicious and undiagnosed skin lesions. Over all Mucuna Pruiens has been a safe, none habit forming mood enhancer that I’ve been taking for several months with very positive results.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this review and if you consider taking or have taken Mucuna I’d enjoy hearing your comments below. Thanks for watching.
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