Mucuna and Anti-Aging
In 1977 issue of SCIENCE, researchers reported that L-Dopa increased mean lifespans by up to 50%. Research presents strong evidence that regular treatment with L-Dopa could have anti-aging effects and therefore lead to greater vigor in the old. It is used to fight free radicals, prevent oxidation on a cellular level, maintain high normal levels of HGH and IGF-1, maintaining a healthy blood pressure, cholesterol level, blood glucose level and other bodily functions for optimal aging health. If used before bedtime, it maximizes GH release during sleep. This can allow for better recovery and recuperation as well as stimulating more muscle growth. This herb may also have some blood sugar regulating properties.
Mucuna and Parkinson Disease
Mucuna Pruriens has long been used in traditional Ayurvedic Indian medicine for Parkinson Disease. In a randomized, controlled, double blind clinical trials, research has found that the natural source of L-Dopa from Mucuna Pruriens possess advantages over conventional L-Dopa preparations in the long term management of Parkinson Disease. Dopamine is an essential component of our body and it’s required for proper functioning of the brain. Research has discovered that the body converts the amino acid tyrosine into L-Dopa; L-Dopa is then converted into dopamine. Without the neurotransmitter dopamine to serve a damping effect on neural transmissions, muscles become tense and tremble.
Mucuna and Sexual Performance
Dopamine is a precursor to adrenaline. Dopaminergic networks are associated with “pleasure and movement centers” and are thought to control mood, motivation and reward. Many rewards and pleasures can ‘‘trip the dopamine pleasure switch’’, including sex, food, hugging, kissing, etc. Experimental data suggest that the release of dopamine are present at all stages of sexual behavior. Studies show that Mucuna Pruriens can be used to improve libido and delay premature ejaculation. It improves sexual behavior, libido, and performance. Users of this herb, many times, notice sexual benefits within days.
Mucuna and Athletic Performance
Mucuna Pruriens has also been popular among athletes as L- Dopa contains natural secretagogues which may support the body’s ability to stimulate the natural release of growth hormone. The blood carries the dopamine into the brain, where it naturally increases HGH production from the pituitary gland. Human growth hormone (HGH), or somatotropin, is a protein made up of 191 amino acids which is secreted by the pituitary gland and coordinates normal growth and development. Receptors which respond to HGH exist on cells and tissues throughout the body. The most obvious effect of HGH is on linear skeletal development. But the metabolic effects of HGH on muscle, the liver, and fat cells are critical to its function. The increased dopamine levels also optimize the production of other hormones, including testosterone, leading to increased sex drive and improved sexual performance for both men and women, beneficial in stimulating muscle growth, as well as burning fat from fat cells.
Mucuna and Other Benefits
L-Dopa may be useful for improving attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by improving sleep disorder. ADHD is a chronic, neurologically based syndrome characterized by restlessness, distractibility and impulsivity. Many patients with ADHD experience sleep disorder that may cause them to be inattentive and hyperactive due to sleep deprivation. According to a study released during the American Academy of Neurology, patients taking Levadopa showed marked improvement in their sleep disorder, behavior, and mental acuity. Researchers argue that there may be a common link — a dopaminergic deficiency in the brain that causes both the sleep disorders and the ADHD. Early pharmacological studies, published in 1927 and 1930 respectively, proved that L-Dopa exerted significant effects on glucose metabolism (causing marked hyperglycemia) and on arterial blood pressure. High levels of trace elements like manganese, zinc, and others were found in these seeds. Therefore, it is conceivable that Macuna Pruriens seeds contain hypoglycemic principles, may be both organic and mineral, which seem to act indirectly by stimulating the release of insulin and/or by a direct insulin-like action.