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With its unique, drooping pods that almost look like curled-up caterpillars. Mucuna (Mucuna pruriens) is a traditional nervine tonic used for centuries to support normal function of the brain and reproductive system.
Researchers at the Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn, Alabama found Mucuna to support normal neurotransmitter function, based largely on its antioxidant activity, which they said "significantly inhibited the oxidation of lipids," and "demonstrated an ability to scavenge DPPH radicals, ABTS radicals and reactive oxygen species." Phytother Res. 2008 Jan;22(1):6-11
Department of Biochemistry researchers at CSM Medical University, Lucknow, India found that Mucuna also supports normal function of the male reproductive system, and particularly supports normal levels of male fertility. Scientists at King George's Medical University, Lucknow, India agree with the findings, adding that Mucuna supports the body's normal response to stress. Fertil Steril. 2008 Oct 28. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2007 Dec 18
Here's some trivia to jot down on your scratch pad. The hairs that line the seed pods of the Mucuna plant are commonly used in itching powder. In fact, some cultures call Mucuna "Cow Itch Plant." Others give the unique, fuzzy pods a prettier name, "Velvet Bean."
1) Supports brain function and optimum performance of the nervous system
2) Supports normal levels of relaxation
3) Contains an amino acid (L-DOPA) which converts to dopamine in the body
4) Helps support the production of a hormone commonly associated with the "pleasure system" of the brain providing feelings of enjoyment and motivation
5 Considered an effective nervine tonic in traditional Indian healthcare
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