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Could This Bean Give Your Brain a Boost and Help Battle Parkinson's?

mucuna pruriens

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  • Mucuna pruriens (M. pruriens), also known as velvet bean, kapikacchu and cowhage seed, is a vigorous climbing legume best known as a natural source of L-dopa, a dopamine precursor that affects your energy, motivation and well-being
  • Long recognized as a natural source of L-dopa, M. pruriens has been used to treat Parkinson’s disease, effectively reducing adverse events and impairment in voluntary movements as well as synthetic L-dopa drugs
  • The use of M. pruriens can be traced back thousands of years within the practice of Ayurvedic medicine, where it has been used as an aphrodisiac and nerve tonic, among other uses
  • Consult with your doctor or an Ayurvedic medicine practitioner before taking M. pruriens, especially if you are currently taking prescription medication for Parkinson’s disease, to ensure this natural remedy is right for you

By Dr. Mercola

In tropical areas of the world, M. pruriens is not only a well-known protein source, but it is also used as a medicine. This unique-looking bean has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine as an aphrodisiac and nerve tonic, among other applications.

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