Superherb Feature: Macuna! a.k.a. Velvet Bean

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Mucuna Pruriens Benefits:

L-Dopa to Boost Testosterone, Libido, Improve Mood and More!


Mucuna pruriens Flower

Mucuna pruriens flower

Mucuna Pruriens provides a neurotransmitter pre-cursor called L-Dopa.L-Dopa is the amino acid compound from which your body makes Dopamine. As a regular part of the diet, Mucuna Pruriens provides many benefits. Among the long list are: enhancing libido and sexual capacity, optimizing testosterone production and improved mood and energy.

Mucuna Pruriens common names include Velvet Bean, Cow-Itch (because the red hairs on the outside of the pods can cause a cow’s tongue to itch) and Buffalo Bean. It is a vine that grows up to 50 feet or more.

The best Mucuna Pruriens powder is made from the beans only. The research studies proving the health benefits were done using the beans. Many products also contain pod and root, so you have to read the fine print.

Mucuna Pruriens Bioactive Compounds Include: mucunadine, mucunine, mucunainine, prurienine, purienidine. In addition, Mucuna Pruriens contains Beta-sitosterol, glutathione, lecithin, venolic acid and gallic acid.

Make SURE you get organic Mucuna Pruriens bean powder that has not been irradiated!

For greatest benefits, I like to mix 1 1/2 teaspoons of the powder with 1/2 cup warm or very hot water and drink it as a tea, preferably on an empty stomach. Adding a little Stevia (Kal brand is best tasting) makes Mucuna Pruriens drink a treat.

NOTE: It is a good idea to start with 1/4 teaspoon an work your way up to a larger amount.

You can find my Mucuna Pruriens drink recipes here. (new window)

Mucuna Pruriens to Boost Testosterone and Libido in Men and Women

Among plants, Mucuna Pruriens has unique aphrodisiac power and boosts Testosterone and libido. For centuries, it has been recognized for this purpose by indigenous peoples in India and Brazil.

Mucuna Pruriens contains 40 milligrams of L-Dopa per gram (1000 milligrams) of the bean. Of all plants, it is a top source of L-Dopa (dihydroxy-phenylalanine). L-Dopa an amino acid that is the immediate precursor to Dopamine.

**Human clinical trials have shown that the administration of Mucuna Pruriens to Parkinsons patients (who are deficient in Dopamine) to yield excellent benefits, which proves the potency of the L-Dopa in the beans of this plant. (1)

L-Dopa crosses your blood-brain barrier and is converted into Dopamine. Dopamine disables prolactin, an arch-enemy of Testosterone in your body – preserving the availability of this precious hormone. Testosterone is vital for libido, potency, sexual performance and orgasmic response in both men and women.

Aphrodisiac Benefits of L-Dopa in Mucuna Pruriens:

Optimized production of testosterone

Enhanced sexual performance and libido (2)

Increased energy

Dopamine depresses prolactin, a pituitary hormone. Prolactin can interfere with healthy libido and sexual function. (It is common for drugs which stimulate prolactin release to cause impotence)!

NOTE: Mucuna Pruriens is not an impotence CURE – it has been shown to IMPROVE sexual functioning, not to restore it if it is not there. Other factors such as circulatory capacity to ensure blood flow to the penis, heavy metal toxicity, EMF (electromagnetic field) pollution (lowers testosterone) and other issues MUST be addressed.


Mucuna Pruriens Dopamine Benefits

What are the important benefits of having a healthy amount of Dopamine in our bodies? More energy, improved mood, better mental focus, more motivation. Sexual benefits include increased serum testosterone, increased libido,

Other Mucuna Pruriens Benefits:

Improved mood and feeling of well-being

Mental clarity

Better sleep

Anabolic: increased lean muscle mass, decreased fat

Increases bone density, helps reverse osteoporosis

Smoother skin

Stronger immune system

Helps regenerate organs

Healthier cholesterol profile 


1 – Macuna Pruriens Proves More Effective than L-DOPA in Parkinson’s Disease Animal Model. Hussain,G: Manyam,BV: Phytother Res 11 6: 419-423 (1997)

2 – Sexual Function Improving Effect of Macuna Pruriens in Sexually Normal Male Rats. Amin,KMY: Khan,MN: Zillur-Rehman,S: Khan,NA: Fitoterapia 67 1: 53-58 (1996) 

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