According to Natural News, mucuna, also known as velvet bean, is capturing the interest of thousands of smokers who have the desire and the will to quit cigarettes but can’t handle the first couple of weeks of rollercoaster-like mood swings and basic withdrawal symptoms. The L-DOPA content of the unprocessed mucuna bean powder is so powerful that doctors are also using it help Parkinson’s patients restore mental clarity, and as a mood elevator. A new study reveals that mucuna just might be that “missing rung” in the ladder that leads to great health for thousands more soon-to-be ex-smokers.
The mucuna extract contains a significant amount of naturally occurring L-DOPA, an amino acid which converts into dopamine. Most commonly sold in powder form, this “herbal” remedy can be found all over the internet, and the 60 percent concentration can be found in vegetarian capsules that are high quality.
This wondrous Ayurvedic Indian herb is known by many names, including sea bean, buffalo bean, DopaBean, pruriens, cowitch, skapikachhu and atmagupta. The main medicinal benefits come from the seeds, but the pod and the roots can also be used. The velvety beans are actually drift seeds, meaning they can float away on ocean currents and re-plant themselves all over the world.
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Mucuna pruriens contains 40mg/g of a compound called L-DOPA, which is a direct precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine works as one of the best natural HGH releasers (human growth hormone) by stimulating the pituitary gland to increase its production. High levels throughout life of the body’s own natural growth hormone (not hormones from the synthetic injections) is known to be a major key for human longevity.
Dopamine also increases other youth hormones such as testosterone (it must be mentioned that these increases are never throwing the endocrine system out of balance, merely improving levels which tend to decrease over time in the average person). These resulting increased levels of these hormones from the use of Mucuna pruriens extracts, powders and/or raw herbs explains its association with increasing libido, fertility and lean muscle mass, reducing signs of aging such as wrinkles and body fat, increasing bone density and even boosting overall energy levels.
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