Mucuna Pruriens Extract
Mucuna pruriens extract, or root velvet bean, is a plant that primarily contains the precursor to dopamine, L-DOPA (1). Also found in mucuna pruriens extract is serotonin and its precursor, 5-HTP. This plant extract has been studied and shown to increase the testosterone levels in infertile men (2). Mucuna pruriens extract has also been shown to increase sperm count and motility in infertile men. Because of its effects on male vitality, mucuna pruriens extract is often found in testosterone boosting and male enhancement/performance products.
When to take Mucuna Pruriens Extract
For male fertility and testosterone boosting effects, mucuna pruriens extract is best taken daily at 5mg.
Other Benefits of Mucuna Pruriens Extract
Mucuna pruriens extract has also been found to combat against the venom found in snake bites (3). This plant extract also has been shown to decrease the effects of Parkinson’s disease (4).
1.Tomita-Yokotani K, et al. Distribution of L-DOPA in the root of velvet bean plant (Mucuna pruriens L.) and gravity. Biol Sci Space. (2004)
2.Mahajan GK, Mahajan AY, Mahajan RT. Efficacy of Aphrodisiac Plants towards Improvement in Semen Quality and Motility in Infertile Males. J Complement Integr Med. (2012)
3.Hope-Onyekwere NS, et al. Effects of Mucuna pruriens Protease Inhibitors on Echis carinatus Venom. Phytother Res. (2012)4.Kasture S, et al. Assessment of symptomatic and neuroprotective efficacy of Mucuna pruriens seed extract in rodent model of Parkinson's disease. Neurotox Res. (2009)