Mucuna or velvet bean is an herb native to the Caribbean. It is sought-after for its seeds’ L-3-4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-Dopa) content. Natives have, for centuries, harvested and ground the seeds into a powder that has medicinal properties. The powder was commonly used as a remedy for snakebites. It was also used to treat coughs, muscle problems, tuberculosis, and dysentery. One of its many uses that are still accepted today is as a sexual function booster.
Following are the reasons that make Mucuna extract one of the most popular medicinal herbs today.
Benefits for the Mind
All the health benefits of Mucuna Pruriens come from its ability to penetrate the brain’s protective barriers and deliver important hormones to the center of the nervous system. Once the herb is ingested, L-Dopa is released. L-Dopa, in turn, triggers the production of the neuro-transmitter dopamine. L-Dopa also causes the release of norepinephrine, adrenaline, and serotonin.
Dopamine and serotonin help regulate mood and distribute powerful, natural energy to the body and mind. These chemicals enhance the feelings of pleasure and peacefulness, creating a stress-free demeanor which is why Mucuna Pruriens are a good antidote for depression and anxiety. Serotonin likewise helps regulate sleep cycles. Epinephrine and norepinephrine, on the other hand, boost cellular metabolism, regulate nerve impulses, dilate blood vessels, and increase the flow of oxygen. This helps keep the person alert and energized.
Sexual Health Benefits
One quality that makes Mucuna extract very popular today is the numerous sexual health benefits it provides. It helps increase the libido in both men and women. It enhances sexual arousal and elevates the level of sensitivity to touch. For males, the supplement promotes testosterone production and protects the sperm from oxidation to make them more potent.
The increased production of testosterone triggers the release of the human growth hormone that is vital in building lean muscle mass. Today, the herb is widely promoted as an effective means to boost virility.
Increased Potency through Stacking
On its own, Mucuna is sufficient to lift one’s energy and provide the needed energy boost. Some people, however, want to experience potent cognitive effects in addition to these benefits. Thus, the herb is stacked with nootropic supplements such as piracetam, shilajit and aniracetam to achieve it; and combined with the dopamine from Mucuna Pruriens, the combination results to clear thoughts, sharp senses, and strong confidence.
Possible Side Effects
The natural supplement is generally safe for most people to use, with little to no side effects at all: if taken at the proper amount, which is 1 gram a day. Exceeding the recommended dosage will mean amplifying the effects and some people cannot tolerate that. Possible side effects include vomiting, sleeplessness, nausea, internal bleeding and high blood pressure.
When side effects are experienced, it is recommended to immediately stop using the supplement or substantially lower the dosage. Within the recommended dosage, very few minor side effects may be experienced, if at all.
There is no reason to take the supplement excessively. Baseline effects can be experienced and enjoyed even at a very low dosage.