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Food & Herb for Medicine! Mucuna Pruriens!

What Is Mucuna Pruriens?

Mucuna Pruriens is a tropical legume native to India, Africa, and the Caribbean and is commonly known as “velvet bean”. It has been used for centuries in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for its many health benefits. It is known for its ability to boost mood and increase energy levels while also aiding in the reduction of anxiety and depression. It is also believed to have medicinal properties that can help to improve cognitive functioning and memory, as well as reduce inflammation. According to a study, due to the high concentrations of L-dopa (4–7%), velvet bean is a commercial source of this substance, used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease.” (1) Hence, the raw velvet bean seeds contain approximately 27% protein and are rich in minerals.” Mucuna pruriens (Fabaceae) is an established herbal drug used for the management of male infertility, nervous disorders, and also as an aphrodisiac. (1)

What are the benefits of Mucuna Pruriens?

Mucuna Pruriens is known to have a range of health benefits, including:

-Improving mood and reducing anxiety and depression

-Increasing energy levels

-Improving cognitive functioning and memory

-Reducing inflammation

-Boosting fertility and libido

-Help for male infertility(velvet bean improve semen quality in infertile men)

-Reducing symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

-Improving muscle control and coordination

-Treat nervous disorders and arthritis

- Velvet bean plant is a rich source of crude protein, essential fatty acids, starch and essential amino acids

How do I take Mucuna Pruriens?

Mucuna Pruriens can be taken in a variety of forms, including powder, capsules, and tinctures. It is best to consult with your healthcare provider or wellness practitioner before taking Mucuna Pruriens to determine the best dosage.


Lampariello LR, Cortelazzo A, Guerranti R, Sticozzi C, Valacchi G. The Magic Velvet Bean of Mucuna pruriens. J Tradit Complement Med. 2012 Oct;2(4):331-9. doi: 10.1016/s2225-4110(16)30119-5. PMID: 24716148; PMCI

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