Four Sigma Foods 101 – Mucuna
Mucuna pruriens seed has been used for anti-Parkinson and as a sex booster in ancient Eastern Indian ethnotherapeutics for ages, but in the western medicine Mucuna is more or less unknown plant until recently. Mucuna has been getting more attention especially among bodybuilders and those who are looking for natural sex boosters.
Why to use Mucuna pruriens seed
Mucuna pruriens seed an antihypertensive and anti-hypoglycemic agent, which contains active substances that boost the production of our “brain hormones” like serotonin and dopamine. That helps out with sleep quality, daily energy levels, sex drive, and general mood levels. Although a powerful sex booster and well-being herb, the science has drawn attention to Mucuna pruriens seed especially because of its anti-Parkinson’s disease properties.
Some scientific studies showed that Mucuna pruriens seed treatment signiﬁcantly restored the internal levodopa, dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin content in the substantia nigra (a brain structure located in the midbrain that plays an important role in reward, addiction, and movement). A metabolic disturbances in the substantia nigra are associated with Parkinson’s disease and with Huntington’s disease. Nicotine adenine dinucleotide (NADH) and coenzyme Q-10 are both present in Mucuna and are shown to have a therapeutic beneﬁt in Parkinson’s disease, but L-DOPA is believed to be the main chemical of Mucuna pruriens seed’s Parkinson’s disease inhibiting properties.
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L-DOPA is a chemical, which humans (amongst the some other animals and plants) make through biosynthesis from the amino acid L-tyrosine. L-DOPA is the precursor to the neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine – an important brain chemical involved in mood, sexuality, and movement.
Mucuna has also exhibited signiﬁcant antioxidant effects – ability to scavenge DPPH radicals, ABTS radicals and reactive oxygen species – iron chelating properties. Polyphenols of Mucuna crosses the protective blood–brain barrier, thus exert their antioxidant and iron chelating properties in the brain.
By being a strong brain food it also assists in building more testosterone, making it an optimal addition for people looking to change their body composition by losing fat or gaining muscle.
How to use Mucuna
The most common ways to use Mucuna are as a powdered extract (as a loose powder extract or in capsules). We, at FSF, believe that that is a huge disrespect towards this magnificent herb. We could do so much more out of it. Mucuna extract would actually make a delicious raw chocolate. Easiest way is to craft a basic raw chocolate and add 1-3 teaspoons of Mucuna extracts. It also goes well with smoothies and raw ice creams. Let’s be creative.
Where to buy Mucuna
You may find some Mucuna dietary supplements from your local health foods stores or major international e-tailers.
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