MUCUNA PRURIENS : DOPAMINE BEAN
Designer: Anima Mundi Herbals
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Mucuna is known for its principle ingredient: L-Dopa, a naturally occurring amino acid which transforms into Dopamine in the Brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter which allows the dynamic functioning of the brain.
It’s not so much that low dopamine, can trigger low mood. Rather, its deficiency in specific parts of the brain, and gut, can trigger depressive symptoms. Low dopamine in the brain’s emotional centers (mesolimbic), can cause the inability to feel pleasure, which is common in depression. Low dopamine in cognitive (mesocortical) areas can trigger a lack of motivation that people with depression also often suffer from [R+]. Animal studied have shown how its dopamine-boosting action, a Mucuna pruriens extract improved mood and symptoms of depression in mice. It also reduced their stress levels, showing all the desired characteristics of a good antidepressant [R].
- Mucuna p. seed powder reduced psychological stress and cortisol levels in 60 infertile men after 3 months. (Studies also showing how it helps improve male fertility!) This plant may help better manage stress, but this is limited to infertile men and may be linked to its fertility-enhancing benefits [R].
- Mucuna p. may help lowers high prolactin levels. High Follicle-stimulating Hormone (FSH) and prolactin levels signal that the pituitary gland is not functioning properly and can impair the function of the testes and reduce fertility in men. Mucuna pruriensdecreased prolactin and FSH levels in two clinical trials of over 250 infertile men. Mucuna probably balances these hormones by boosting dopamine levels, which reduces the production of prolactin and FSH [R, R].