Mucuna pruriens is a tropical legume found in Africa, India and the Caribbean. Its seeds are important Ayurvedic herb. There has been a very long history of consumption of Mucuna pruriens in India for its Aphrodisiac qualities, because Indian people believes it can increase sperm count and boost testosterone levels. Athletes and body builders uses Mucuna pruriens as well to help the body build lean muscle and break down fat. Some people also consumes for weight loss purpose. Furthermore it is also good for boosting the mood and has anti-depressant effects.
Mucuna pruriens contains a natural source of L-Dopa. L-Dopa can stimulate the brains production of dopamine which improves mood, sexuality, and co-ordination. Scientific studies discovered its positive effects on Parkinson's disease. Dopamine stimulates the pituitary gland to release human growth hormone, which helps body to build muscle and break down fat.
Mucuna pruriens can be consumed in many ways, for example, infusions, poultices, powders and confectionery as well as the beans being cooked and eaten as food.