Mucuna Pruriens L-Dopa Capsules

Mucuna Pruriens, or Velvet Bean, is a bean that grows from vines and is very itchy to touch due to serotonin on its surface. It is a good source of L-DOPA, and contains some other molecules that may aid the benefits of L-DOPA. The other psychoactives in Mucuna are dosed too low to be relevant.
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Mucuna L-Dopa 15% Capsules

Mucuna pruriens is a legume known as “velvet bean” or “Cowhage” containing a phenolic compound in the seeds, L-Dopa (1).

Mucuna Pruriens (L-Dopa 15%) Capsules Benefits

  • Stress support 
  • Promotes sexual health in males 
  • Precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine 

Mucuna Pruriens (L-Dopa 15%) Capsules Mode of Action

Mucuna belongs to the sub-family Papilionaceae which includes 150 species of legumes.  Mucuna is indigenous to tropical and sub-tropical areas and is regarded as a food source due to its viable proteins and digestibility.  It was widely cultivated in eastern India and southern China and is cultivated for food use in Africa, Asia, America, and the Pacific Islands (1).

“Cowitch” and “cowhage” are the names the English gave to Mucuna for the species that have long hairs on the pod which cause stinging and itching by mucunain.  The other species of Mucuna that have silky hairs which do not sting are known as “velvet bean” (1).

Mucuna’s seeds contain L-Dopa which is a precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine (1).   L-Dopa, or Levodopa, is the main constituent of Mucuna, along with nicotinic acid, serotonin and the precursor 5-HTP, tetrahydroisoquinoline alkaloids, bufotenine, beta-carboline, mucunain (which causes itching when it comes into contact with skin), behenic acid, CoQ10, NADH (nicotine adenine dinucleotide), Inositol (D-chiro inositol and myo-inositol), selenium, iron, magnesium, and other saponins, flavonoids, anthraquinones, terpenoides, cardiac glycosides, and tannins (2).

Mature seeds contain between 3-12.5% L-Dopa, and the leaves contain only 0.5%(2).  L-Dopa is a direct precursor of dopamine and can also be directly synthesized from the non-essential amino acid tyrosine, or indirectly from acidphnylalanine, an essential amino acid.  Both amino acids are found in protein and tyrosine is the most abundant in food sources (3).

L-Dopa synthesizes dopamine in the body after ingestion through a rapid conversion in the peripheral tissue (2).  Dopamine is a neurotransmitter which functions in a neuromodulatory system known as the dopamine system, consisting of dopaminergic pathways and cell groups.  Dopamine is involved in motor control, executive functions, reinforcement and reward, motivation, and arousal.  Other functions it influences include nausea, lacatation, and sexual gratification. Dopamine is also involved in some aspects of pleasure-related cognition (3).

Dopamine circulating in the bloodstream is small and can be produced by the digestive system or sympathetic nervous system.  Dopamine receptors in the peripheral tissues may receive the dopamine or it can be metabolized and converted in norepinephrine and then released by the adrenal glands (3).

Mucuna Pruriens (L-Dopa 15%) Capsules Dosage

Pure Nootropics’ Mucuna Pruriens (L-Dopa 15%) Capsules provide 800 mg of Mucuna seed extract (min. 15% L-Dopa, naturally occurring) and 120 mg of L-Dopa per 2 capsules.  Suggested use for adults is 2 capsules by mouth daily, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.

Mucuna Pruriens (L-Dopa 15%) Capsules Side Effects and Toxicity

Mucuna is generally well tolerated, and most common side effects are gastrointestinal symptoms.  Side effects may include headache, sweating, palpitations, diarrhea, flatulence, dry mouth, pruritus, rash, changes in urine color, and symptoms of psychosis have been noted (4).

If you are taking any medications, please consult your healthcare practitioner before beginning supplementation with Mucuna.

Mucuna Pruriens Extract - Dopamine Boosting Supplement - 210 Capsules, 1,000mg Per Serving, 20% L Dopa (From Velvet Beans) (For Mood and Motivation Support) by Double Wood Supplements

  • DOPAMINE BOOSTER – Double Wood’s Mucuna is standardized to 20% L-Dopa which is one of the primary building blocks of Dopamine. Dopamine is a vey important neurotransmitter. It plays an imporant role in sleep, memory, mood and motivation.
  • NATURAL MOOD STABILIZER – Mucuna extract standardized to contain L-Dopa helps support healthy stress levels, healthy anxiety levels, and promotes a better mood
  • PROMOTE MOTIVATION AND FOCUS – By suporting your dopamine levels, Mucuna can help promote focus and feelings of motivation.
  • VEGAN, NON-GMO, AND GLUTEN FREE – Double Wood’s Mucuna Extract is Vegan, NON-GMO, and Gluten Free
  • MADE AND TESTED IN THE USA – Double Wood’s Mucuna Pruriens Extract capsules are manufactured and tested for microbes / heavy metals right here in the USA

Safety Information
CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE USE: Known side effects of Mucune Pruriens include but are not limited to nausea, headaches, mild insomnia, increased heartratem and confusion.

Indications
NON-GMO, GLUTEN FREE, VEGAN

Ingredients
Ingredients: Mucuna Pruriens Extract 1,000mg, Other: Veggie Capsules (Hypromellose), microcrystalline cellulose

Directions
As a dietary supplement, take 2 capsules per day on an empty stomach. Do not exceed 4 capsules in a single day.

Legal Disclaimer
Statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition.

Mucuna L-Dopa 20% | Made in USA | Pure Mucuna pruriens Extract | 90 Vegetarian Capsules | High L-Dopa Levels

  • Made in USA: Mucuna L-Dopa 20% is Made in a certified GMP USA facility where it is tested for purity and potency.
  • All Natural: Mucuna L-Dopa 20% contains no artificial, toxic ingredients. Each capsule is 100% vegetarian. The naturally grown Mucuna pruriens plant material is extracted leaving a high-potency powder extract with 20% L-Dopa
  • Mucuna L-Dopa Benefits: Mucuna L-Dopa 20% Promotes Maintaining Sexual Desire and Ability, Promotes Feelings of Enjoyment and Motivation, Supports Healthy Hormone Levels in Men and Women.
  • Full 3 Month Supply: Each bottle contains 90 servings to be taken 1 or times a day. That is providing 700 mg of Mucuna L-Dopa extract per day.
  • Keter Wellness Guarantee: We are so sure you will find this to be the highest quality Mucuna pruriens product that we guarantee for 30 days.

Safety Information
The powerful benefits of mucuna pruriens extract and whole herb should be temporarily avoided while pregnant or suffering from diabetes (it has blood sugar lowering properties). It should also be avoided by anyone with schizophrenia. If you choose to use adaptogenic herbs to manage or reverse any disease or disorder, always work with a knowledgeable health care practitioner.

Ingredients
Mucuna Pruriens Standardized Extract 700mg (min 20% L-Dopa) Vegetarian Capsule (Derived from Hypromellose and Leucine)

Directions
As a dietary supplement, take 1 capsule 1-2 time daily 30 minutes before meals with an 8 oz. glass of water.

Legal Disclaimer
All product statements on this listing have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This products is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition.

How to Take

Recommended dosage, active amounts, other details

Supplement-wise, 5g of Mucuna Prurients dried powder has been used with efficacy in some human studies on Parkinson’s Disease and Fertility. This dose or doses upwards of it should be a good starting point.

If your supplement is standardized for L-DOPA and you are supplementing for an effect attributed to L-DOPA, then start with about 1/2 the L-DOPA equivalent and work up if needed (this is due to the same amount of L-DOPA in Mucuna being more bioactive relative to isolated L-DOPA without carbidopa).

Mucuna Pruriens can be eaten isolated as a food product, but cooking is required to destroy trypsin inhibitors in the beans (so protein absorption is not hindered) yet cooking also destroys L-DOPA.

Some supplements use the cotyledon of Mucuna Pruriens, which may have different nutrient profiles relative to the bean or whole root.

 Caution Notice

Mucuna Pruriens contains L-DOPA, also known as Levodopa. This is a dopamine precursor and sometimes used as a pharmaceutical to treat Parkinson’s Disease (alongside another compound known as Carbidopa)

Compounds contraindicated with Levodopa/Carbidopa treatment most likely extend to Mucuna Pruriens and should be approached with caution. This appears to be narrow-eye glaucoma suffers, those using pharmaceutical MAO inhibitors, and those who have a history of melanoma or suspicious and undiagnosed skin lesions.

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