Mucuna pruriens, also known as velvet bean or cow itch in common English, has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine for a large variety of conditions. As it has proven to be very beneficial for many medical and psychological conditions, doctors in the west have started to take a serious look at these so called magical beans.
Recent researches have concluded that using Mucuna Pruriens may actually be helpful in reducing the symptoms of Parkinson´s disease and male infertility. Research also supports the claim that Mucuna Pruriens helps in fighting depression and improving the quality of sleep.
In this quick read, we will explore some aspects of the velvet bean, its benefits, suggested dosage, and more
Benefits of Mucuna Pruriens:
Before we take a deep dive on the benefits of Mucuna Pruriens it should be mentioned that it is important to consult your doctor before you start taking any new supplemets including Mucuna Pruriens.
With that being said, let´s look at some major health benefits of the velvet bean.
Mucuna Pruriens Benefit – Natural remedy for treatment of Parkinson´s disease:
Some research supports the claim that Mucuna Pruriens is able to help in reducing symptoms of Parkinson´s disease.
L-dopa is one of the main active components of Mucuna Pruriens. As L-dopa is one of the main components of traditional Parkinson´s disease treatment, Mucuna Pruriens could actually be useful in treating Parkinson´s disease in a natural way.
Due to impaired conversion of tyrosine to L-dopa in people suffering from Parkinson´s disease, they have a smaller than usual level of dopamine production in their brain. Studies show that L-dopa that is present in Mucuna Pruriens could be used to produce dopamine and as a result, restore the neurotransmitter to normal levels.
Mucuna Pruriens Benefit – Male fertility:
Another of Mucuna Pruriens benefits relates to male fertility. Dopamine is directly linked to fertility and sexual activity in men. Due to a lack of dopamine, male fertility could be reduced.
As mentioned above, Mucuna Pruriens contains natural L-dopa, and as L-dopa helps in restoring dopamine levels in the brain, it should theoretically help in increasing male fertility and sexual activity in men.
Tests performed on infertile men revealed that Mucuna Pruriens was able to increase the number and quality of sperm in these men as well as reducing the stress and depression levels caused by infertility.
Mucuna Pruriens Benefit – Quality of sleep:
In a study involving 18 people, when Mucuna Pruriens was taken alongside another natural herb called Chlorophytum Borivilianum, sleep quality increased by a massive 50%. These results were achieved only after 4 weeks of regular use.
Mucuna Pruriens Benefit – Reduced depression:
While talking about mood and depression levels in human beings, serotonin and norepinephrine are the two chemicals that are taken into consideration. Scientists are starting to realize the effect of dopamine on depression and mood as well. That is because dopamine is directly linked to the feelings of motivation and reward.
The level of dopamine does not directly relate to the level of happiness in humans, however, the deficiency of dopamine can indeed trigger the symptoms of depression.
As the high content of L-dopa in Mucuna Pruriens helps in restoring dopamine levels in the brain, people who are depressed may experience an improvement in their mood when taken regularly.
Reduced risk of seizures:
A test was performed on mice in which they were given a leaf extract taken from Mucuna Pruriens. This test resulted in a decrease in the risk of seizures in the mice. A reduction in a type of muscle rigidity, called catalepsy, was also observed. As catalepsy is one of the major factors linked to seizures, the evidence became even more prominent.
But, as there are no experiments yet performed on human beings, nothing could be said about the improved condition of seizures in human beings. Further evidence is needed before scientists go on to develop a medicine for seizures from Mucuna Pruriens.
Mucuna Pruriens dosage:
If you are willing to use Mucuna Pruriens for Parkinson´s disease and/or fertility, 5 grams of Mucuna Pruriens dried powder has been advised. According to several articles I consulted on the web, its a good starting point but the size of the dose could go upward if needed.
Mucuna Pruriens is also available in tablet form and you may purchase a variety of brands with different additional ingredients by doing a web search on Google.