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Mucuna Pruriens: Benefits, Reviews, Warnings?

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Mucuna Pruriens: Benefits, Reviews, Warnings?
Mukuna or mucuna pruriens is the botanical name of a leguminous plant native to India, the Caribbean and Africa. It is also called velvet bean or cowith. It looks like an annual climbing shrub with long vines that can reach 15 meters in length. The botanical characteristic of the plant is that when young, its leaves and pods are filled with hairs that on contact with human skin triggers severe itching. From this peculiarity derives its name "pruriens". When you accidentally touch the leaves or young pods of mucuna priuriens must be very careful not to touch other parts of the body, because the itching could also extend to areas come into contact with those already affected by the effect of the stinging plant. When you get older, the plant loses all his hair. .

The leaves of Mucuna pruriens are tripinnate, pointed at the top and diamond shaped or slightly ovata; sides of the leaf are grooved. The flowers are composed of heads collected in the form of panicles, with two, three or more flowers of white violet, length comprised between 15 and 30 centimeters. The fruit is a pod containing up to seven seeds, black and brown. The mucuna pruriens is very well known in ayurvedic medicine (Indian) for its medicinal properties. For this purpose we use the seeds to be collected during the vesting period.

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  The mucuna2 mucuna pruriens contains mainly an amino acid L-dopa or levodopa, a precursor of dopamine, the neurotransmitter that psychogenic effects in the brain, giving and enhancing feelings of well-being and pleasure. Mature seeds of mucuna pruriens contain 3-6% of levodopa, while the leaves only 0.5% which represents a negligible amount at officinale.

The importance of herbal mucuna pruriens and its seeds is due to the presence of levodopa that they were allowed to use as a stimulant of sexual desire, and then to use aphrodisiacs, where the stimulation of pleasure and desire is closely related to the action dopamine and for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, pathology triggered by a deficiency of dopamine in the brain.

The use of mucuna pruriens in ayurvedic medicine is very ancient and dates back to about 4500 years ago. At that time the plant is used as fodder for animals, to cure the bite of a serpent, to stimulate sexual desire and fertility. Existing uses mainly deal with the aphrodisiac effects and the treatment of Parkinson's disease although it must be stressed that in Italy it is difficult to find supplements containing extracts of this plant, because they are forbidden. Other active ingredients are the mucuna pruriens: glutathione, nicotine, caffeine, mucunina, mucunadina, prurienina, prurienidina.

The mucunina and mucinadina alkaloids are responsible for the stinging reaction of the plant. Populations where the Mucura pruriens grows, use to eat the boiled seeds which should be washed several times before cooking, as well as several times the cooking water should be changed in order to eliminate the toxicity of the same seeds. In addition to the aphrodisiac properties, the interaction of the active ingredients of mucuna pruriens with the hormonal system and the nervous man, produces other beneficial effects, as in the case of nervous depression, although the main effect concerns the tonic of the sexual apparatus. Extracts of mucuna pruriens are also used for treating male impotence.

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The main uses of mucuna pruriens are medicinal and food. Be the first second that we have already discussed in the previous paragraph. Regarding food uses have to add that the seeds of Mucuna pruriens were used as substitutes of coffee because of the presence of caffeine. For therapeutic uses of this plant extracts are taken with specific commercial forms, the most common and widespread are the dry extract in alcohol solution and the extract in capsules. It is not easy to find in Italy herbal remedies of this kind, while the sale of the same depopulated at the sites of e-commerce, especially foreigners.

The capsules are made ​​from the extract of white root of mucuna pruriens and the recommended dose is one capsule of 200 mg per day, taken with half a glass of water during meals. In commerce (online) are also based capsules 400 mg of standardized extract. The recommended dose is two to five capsules per day on an empty stomach, but as always, before taking any medication (herbal or traditional) you need a prescription. Excessive intake of extracts of mucuna pruriens can cause neurological side effects and is not recommended in case of simultaneous intake of medications, diabetes, hypertension, pregnancy and lactation.
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Mukuna pruriens: Cost of products
A pack of 125 capsules made of mucuna pruriens, 400 mg, costs 19 Euros. A pack of 120 capsules of 200 mg, costs 26 Euros. The variability of the price is linked to the producer, to the mark and to the part of the plant used to extract the active ingredients.

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