Organic Mucuna Pruriens Powder
Our sexual, bright, velvety bean.
Approximately $0.10 per serve
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WHAT IS THIS GEM and WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Mucuna is another of our products that is classified by science as an: ADAPTOGEN; helping the body adapt to stress, it allows for an increased tolerance to mental exhaustion, enhancing attention and mental endurance. Most Ayurvedic rasayanas are usually classified as adaptogens.
Used for 1000's of years by Traditional Ayurveda Practitioners for a variety of symptoms and health concerns. In Ayurveda different plants provide different health benefits, seeds are often linked to reproductive benefits and Mucuna is one of those. Along with having been used; for balancing and restoring the nervous system, to promote muscle mass and body weight, as a powerful aphrodisiac, for diabetes, for arthritis and has been known to be applied as a poultice for scorpion stings (as it is thought to absorb the poison).
The main notable compound is the l-dopa, Mucuna contains approx. 5%. l-dopa has the ability to cross over the blood brain barrier. To make dopamine the body naturally converts tyrosine to l-dopa which then crosses the blood brain barrier to be converted to dopamine. Sometimes the conversion of tyrosine to l-dopa is inhibited and so supplemental l-dopa may be beneficial. Due to this effect on neurotransmitters, it has been studied for its use as a neuroprotective and neurorestorative compound. For example l-dopa tablets are commonly prescribed to people with Parkinsons. (Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain's reward and pleasure centers, as well as helping regulate movement and emotional responses). In addition to its ability to help nourish the brain, further scientific studies have shown to support some of the traditional uses, as it may be effective in helping reduce stress, act as an aphrodisiac and help the reproductive system of both men and women, help balance hormones and the effects of diabetes.
Last but not least, research has suggested that it may help create anti-bodies that reacts to snake venom, supporting the immune system in dealing with a snake bite.
It's creamy texture is great when added to smoothies or milk drinks, and its flavour is minimal, making it very easily added to anything you like, enabling you to feel great and be in control of your health.
Head over to the history tab for more about its origin, the science tab to delve into the research or the kitchen tab for some tasty recipes.
NOTE: As with all products that have active compounds (specifically l-dopa), you should consult your health practitioner before adding this to your diet to ensure that you do not suffer from any contraindications.
- protease inhibitors,
- L-dopa (approx. 5%)
|Per Serve (1g)||Per 100g|
|Sodium||less than 50mg||less than 50mg|
THE MAGIC OF FOOD SCIENCE*
Mucuna has been linked to potential neuroprotective effects, in some cases directly related to being a safe treatment for parkinsons disease sufferers. It may also have neurorestorative effects due to its potential to reduce the dopaminergic neurons from degenerating. The free radical scavenging, anti-oxidative effects of Mucuna have been related to and active in its ability to be neuroprotective and neurorestorative.
Mucuna contains large quantities of phenolic compounds which have an anti-oxidative capacities and may help prevent various oxidative stressors.
Mucuna has also been used traditional as a treatment for ADHD (attention deficit disorder), recent research suggests that Mucuna may have positive impacts on this group. But further studies should be carried out. (6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 17)
A recent study took 60 healthy infertile men who were found to be suffering form psychological stress and 60 healthy normal men with atleast 1 child. After a 3 month treatment it was shown that 5g of Mucuna per day was able to reactivate the anti-oxidant defence system, help manage stress and improve sperm quality. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 14)
Opposite are the studies we've found which are explained below, as new studies are released we will update them here.
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A SHORT HISTORY
PRODUCT OF INDIA.
PACKAGED IN AUSTRALIA WITH LOVE.
Mucuna is an annual vine / shrub that grows in tropical regions, native to Asia and Africa. When growing its long vines can reach up to 15m in length. Young plants are covered in fuzzy hairs as they grow they loose the hairs all together, with older plants not having any hairs at all. Large green leaves grow from short stems, flower stems then grow from the base of the branching leaves. Each flower stem can be 15-30cm in length with multiple flowers, these flowers can be white, lavender or purple, from the flowers come the fruit/bean pods. The pods can be 4-15cm in length carrying up to 7 seeds/beans, the pods are hairy on the outside, these hairs can be itchy and act as a deterrent to animals looking for snacks.
Once the plant has gone through its cycle and the beans harvested, the rest of the plant if often used as manure to fertilise other crop growing areas and fix nitrogen imbalances in the soil.
Mucuna prefers well drained fertalised soil, in a tropical climate with rainfall of between 1000-2000mm annually. But can be grown in sandy soil, in areas with rain fall as low as 500mm annually.
pH can be anywhere between <5.0-8.0, altitudes 0-1500m, does not like being waterlogged, optimum temperature 15-27C and lots of light. From planting the seed to flowering and ripening it is approximately 2-3 months. Flowering can be helped by temperatures of above 21C during the night. The plant will usually die 1-2 months after producing the seeds/beans.
The Mucuna vine is organically and sustainably grown in India using 86% renewable energy. The seed pods are harvested and sun dried. The seeds are then separated from the pods and sent for processing.
When they arrive they are inspected, washed and sorted. The washed seeds are then dehydrated at below 40C. The dehydrated seed is then moved to be cool ground to become powder. Then packaged for transport.
The product is then put on a ship and sails to Australia and arrives at The Grove HQ approximately 2 weeks later.
Once it arrives at The Grove HQ we carry out quality control checks and repackage it ready for you.