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Organic Mucuna Pruriens Powder


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Mucuna — also known as Velvet Bean — is a legume, traditionally used for general wellbeing, the brain and hormones, is classified as an Adaptogen, and listed as a nutraceutical nootropic. Studies* suggest it contains high levels of l-dopa, anti-oxidants, may be an aphrodisiac, improve sperm health, and potentially provide a protective and restorative effect on the brain.


Our sexual, bright, velvety bean.

Approximately $0.10 per serve


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WHAT IS THIS GEM and WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Mucuna Pruriens is whole bean from the plant that has been grown and processed organically in India using renewable energy and is certified Organic by the USDA. Also known as Kapikacchu, Velvet Bean, Monkey Tamarind and Donkey Eye — is a vine growing super-legume that is native to Africa and tropical Asia, although you are able to grow it in Australia. This bean is the where the main nutritional content can be found (although the external pod is also be used in Traditional Ayurveda preparations). As it is not extracted its compounds work together as nature intended, meaning you get all of the benefits. As with many legumes, Mucuna is a great general food source with phenomenal health benefits, rich in protein (24g per 100g) with various essential amino acids and 45g carbohydrates per 100g, add this to its array of micro nutrients / compounds, and this little bean is punching above it weight.
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.

FUNCTIONS

Below are the subconscious bodily systems / functions that science has suggested may be nourished and supported, providing positive feelings.

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FEELINGS

Below are the positively impacted emotions / responses that science suggests we may consciously feel, supporting optimal performance.

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OUR MUCUNA

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Vegan

Paleo


Research suggests*

Anti-bacterial

Nootropic

Blood Sugar

Anti-fatigue

Physical Performance


*This product is not a miracle drug. The Grove products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. For Full Disclaimer click here or the link in the website footer.

ACTIVE COMPOUNDS

Mucuna has the following active compounds:
  • cyclitols,
  • protease inhibitors,
  • phenolics,
  • L-dopa (approx. 5%)
  • 
phenols,
  • polyphenols,
  • tannins,

NUTRITIONAL PANEL

Serving Size: 1-5g per Serve (1/4 - 1/2tsp)
Ingredients: Mucuna Pruriens
 
  Per Serve (1g) Per 100g
Energy (kJ) 15.4kJ 1540kJ
Protien 0.25g 24.50g
Total Carbohydrate 0.47g 47.30g
- Sugars 0.04g 4.20g
- Fibre 0.10g 9.80g
Total Fat 0.05g 4.90g
- Saturated 0.02g 1.80g
Sodium less than 50mg less than 50mg

OUR MUCUNA

100% PURE

NO Fillers

NO Additives

NO Preservatives

NON-GMO

Dairy Free

Gluten Free

Vegan

Paleo


*This product is not a miracle drug. The Grove products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. For Full Disclaimer click here or the link in the website footer.

THE MAGIC OF FOOD SCIENCE*

ANTI-OXIDANT / ANTI-INFLAMMATORY (Cognitive Performance)
L-dopa is the precursor to dopamine and l-dopa is a bioactive compound found in Mucuna, that has the ability to cross over the blood brain-barrier. Which is important when required to convert to dopamine. The body converts tyrosine to l-dopa but sometimes this conversion is is inhibited so supplemental l-dopa can be beneficial. Mucuna contains large amounts of l-dopa(5%).

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)

HORMONES (libido)
Clinical trials performed on infertile men suggested that Mucuna has the ability to positively impact dopamine, adrenaline and noradrenaline. With this study group improving the concentration of sperm and motility. 
Mucuna contains a large amount of l-dopa, this compound is the precursor to dopamine and research has suggested that it is responsible for the spermatogenic activity, which leads to improvement in libido and sperm health. 
It has been suggested that when taken for 3 months it can have positive impact on the health of male sexual organs.

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)

ORGANS (Skin)

It has been suggested that Mucuna may aid various skin conditions. Further studies should be carried out to investigate this potential. (9)

CIRCULATION (Blood Glucose)


An alcohol extract of Mucuna was suggests to have an anti-diabetic effect on blood glucose levels and also on a reduced the weight loss caused by diabetes. 
Research has also suggested that those suffering from diabetes and also a reduced libido or sperm quality, could benefit in using Mucuna, and supports it traditional use as a medicine for sexual invigoration and the diabetic condition. (3, 9, 15)


ANTI-INFLAMMATORY (BLOOD SUGAR)
Studies have suggested that the anti-inflammatory and protective effects of Eleuthero could display positive effects on diabetic damage to cells, as well as lipid and glucose regulation.
 (2)

BACTERIA (Anti-microbial)

The phenols and tannins found in Mucuna leaves have been suggested to have anti-microbial activities. (9)

OTHER (Snake Venom)
Mucuna has also been linked in a number of studies to be active against snake venom. Traditional used to treat the toxic effects of snake bites when the bean was swallowed whole. Studies suggest that when Mucuna is effective 24hours after taking it for up to 1 month. The action is suggested to be due to an immune mechanism where it creates anti-bodies that react with the venom proteins. (9)

SCIENTIFIC STUDIES*


FINDINGS

As with many things internet based, a lot of information is sourced by being copied and pasted, then some creative license is added, numbers made bigger or smaller depending, and boom you have a superfood or a superherb. We aim to collaborate with founded evidence and provide this evidence to you so that you can make up your own mind, we must also remember that everyone is different, everyone needs different things, one thing may work for 1 but not for another and their use is also impacted by a variety of other factors — we have not made assumptions we are giving you the information so you may make an informed choice.
Opposite are the studies we've found which are explained below, as new studies are released we will update them here.

We welcome constructive comments and dialects, encouraging you to send us a message via our contact page.


*This product is not a miracle drug. The Grove products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. For Full Disclaimer click here or the link in the website footer.

A SHORT HISTORY

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HISTORICAL USES



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PRODUCT OF INDIA.
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MUCUNAS LIFE.



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.


Farming

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.

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.

Importing

The product is then put on a ship and sails to Australia and arrives at The Grove HQ approximately 2 weeks later.

Packing

Once it arrives at The Grove HQ we carry out quality control checks and repackage it ready for you.


GET IN THE KITCHEN

Mix with water, milk, tea, coffee or add it to your smoothie. You can also add it to sweets / raw food treats / baked goods etc.
See recipes by visiting our In The Kitchen blog that contain this beautiful Organic Mucuna powder.

OUR MUCUNA

100% PURE

NO Fillers

NO Additives

NO Preservatives

NON-GMO

Sugar Free

Dairy Free

Gluten Free

Vegan

Paleo


This product is not a miracle drug. The Grove products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. For Full Disclaimer click here or the link in the website footer.

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