Better mood, growth hormone (HGH) enhancement, and dare we say testosterone booster? Sounds to good to be true? It isn’t.
Today we are gonna look at one of nature’s power houses. Macuna Puriens aka Velvet Bean. Also called, Cowitch, Werepe, Karara, Agbara. This super bean is quickly becoming a staple in bodybuilding supplements.
It is a tropical plant that grows in Africa and parts of Asia. The plant itself has long vines that can extend upwards of 50ft. Young plants are almost completely covered in little hairs. As the plant gets older the hairs tend to disappear. The flowers that the beans ripen from are a beautiful shade of purple, lavender or white. As the beans ripen the husk becomes very hairy and up to seven shiny black seeds develop on it. The hairs are loose and mostly an orange color. The hairs cause an extreme itch if they come in contact with the skin. This is caused by a protein called mucunain.
So why is this bean becoming so popular?
Mucuna Pruriens contain L-DOPA, also known as Levodopa. This is a dopamine precursor has proven to be extremely useful. It has been used to treat Parkinson’s Disease. Recent studies show this little bean can also:
- Boost Testosterone
- Increase HGH production
- Increase sperm quality
- Increase sperm mobility
- Lower cortisol
- Lower prolactin
- Increase mood and feelings of wellbeing
It does this mostly by increasing Dopamine directly. This is caused by the active ingredient levodopa (L-Dopa)
Mucuna Pruriens and Testosterone
Prolactin is the anti-testosterone hormone. It is usually released after orgasm and is the reason why the refractory period happens. It’s basically the reason why you have no interest in sex after orgasm and get sleepy. Mucuna Pruriens active ingredient L-Dopa directly increases Dopamine. This increase decreases prolactin thus increasing testosterone.
Mucuna Pruriens and Human Growth Hormone (HGH)
Once again Dopamine to the rescue. The increase in Dopamine from the active ingredient L-Dopa inhibits hypothalamic somatostatin secretion. This increases the production of Human Growth Hormone (HGH). An increase in HGH has been shown to preserve muscle mass, burn fat, and increase overall body composition and mood.
Mucuna Pruriens and Sperm
There are several real studies on men that show Mucuna Pruriens increase sperm count, quality, and moblilty. In one of the studies the men also showed a drastic stress decrease associated with low sperm quality. Still another study showed better sperm and steroid hormone increases. There is no doubt this little bean definitely has a positive effect on sperm and fertility. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2816389/)
Mucuna Pruriens and Cortisol
Cortisol is a stress hormone. It is critical for us to live but to much can have some really nasty side effects:
- Lowered immune system
- Increased fat storage (especially abdominal fat)
- Breaks down muscle, bone and connective tissue
- Inhibits thyroid hormone conversion (making you even fatter)
What does Mucuna Pruriens do? Increase dopamine which lowers stress. This coupled with the fact Mucuna Pruriens are a power antioxidant is a double wammy to cortisol production.
Mucuna Pruriens and Prolactin
As we have already discuseed prolactin has some really negative effects on the body. It lowers our sex drive and decreases testosterone production. Mucuna Pruriens active ingredient L-Dopa actively increases Dopamine in the body. This lowers prolactin production and helps reverse all the negatives associated with increased prolactin levels.
Mucuna Pruriens and Mood
Everyone likes to feel good. And that’s great news if you’re interested in Mucuna Pruriens. As we have said many times the active ingredient in Mucuna Pruriens, L-Dopa, is very efficiently turned into Dopamine in the body. Dopamine is the feel good hormone. It is released when we do things like gamble, get sexually aroused, and other generally fun and exciting things. By directly increasing this hormone you are increasing your mood and feeling of wellbeing. Win win.
Inclusion in dietary supplements and the wool over your eyes
Its no secret as to why so many companies are adding this ingredient to their supplements. But everything is not what it seems.
Mucuna Pruriens can be included as a straight dry powder or as a standardized powdered extract. Most of the studies use 5 grams of powder. That’s a lot of powder! For this reason Mucuna Prurien extract should be your preferred method of intake.
Most companies use a 15% L-Dopa standardization. This isn’t bad parse but 20% is obviously better. Another trick supplement company’s use is throwing just a “dash” of this ingredient in their formula. This does nothing. When purchasing supplements, look for a high Mucuna Pruriens extract content. 800-1000mg is the minimum you want to see in a dose for men, and at least 500mg for women. If you see 100mg here. 50mg there. you can be sure the supplement is doing nothing for you.
This is why Bold Buck Nutrition uses 1000mg of 20% Extract in their Premier Rut Testosterone Booster. Look at the competition. They fall short.
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