Mucuna Pruriens

 

  • Mucuna is a very unique and extremely important part of The Superman Diet.
  • Mucuna is a vigorous climbing legume indigenous to India.
  • Mucuna is mostly known for its rich content of l-dopa.
  • In Guatemala and Mexico, Mucuna has for at least several decades been roasted and ground to make a coffee substitute. The seed of mucuna is widely known in that region as “Nescafé,” in recognition of this use.
  • Our motivation, drive and willingness to put a huge effort into something depend largely on the health of our brain, and our levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine is the brain chemical that is involved with motivation, reward and feeling pleasure. We need to have sufficient levels of dopamine in our brains in order to perform at our best, otherwise we’ll feel dull, indifferent about life and not as motivated.
  • Throughout our lives, many of us have abused our bodies with smoking, drugs, alcohol, coffee and stimulants, excessive masturbation and sex, porn addiction, poor diet, etc. The problem with all these addictions is that they also trigger the release of dopamine in the brain every time we indulge in them, and over time, this seriously alters our brains cells and causes us to become severely deficient in dopamine, slowly resulting in us being lazier, less motivated and driven, and less courageous and willing to explore new opportunities.
  • In order to perform at our very best, feel motivated and passionate about life and become the best we can be, we need to restore our dopamine levels and maintain healthy dopamine levels in our brain.
  • L-Dopa, which is the precursor to dopamine and gets metabolized into dopamine, is able to cross the blood-brain barrier. Dopamine, however, cannot do so. Therefore, we need to take the right amounts of l-dopa in order to restore our dopamine levels.
  • This is where the herb mucuna comes in. Mucuna is the only known natural food source that contains significant levels of l-dopa.
  • There are several drugs that contain l-dopa as an isolated ingredient, such as Artane. However, mucuna pruriens, offers a naturally occuring L-dopa with all its co-factors in the right amounts and ratios, in a natural state, which can be much more effective and appropriate for the body than a pharmaceutical drug that contains isolated l-dopa. In fact, taking mucuna has been found in a study to be more effective than a drug that contains l-dopa.

 

  • The movie Awakenings, starring Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams, tells the true story of British neurologist Oliver Sacks, fictionalized as American Malcolm Sayer and portrayed by Robin Williams who, in 1969, administered l-dopa to catatonic patients who survived the 1917–28 epidemic of encephalitis lethargica. For over 40 years, these patients had been unable to speak, to move out of their chairs, to express emotion, or to respond to human touch. Sacks, who had previously (in real life) extracted l-dopa from earthworm brains, decided to try L-dopa treatment as a remedy for their decades-long paralysis. As a result of taking l-dopa, Leonard Lowe (played by Robert De Niro) and the rest of the patients were awakened from their catatonic states and brought back to life after decades of catatonia.

 

  • Dopamine is an essential component of our body and it’s required for proper functioning of the brain. Research has discovered that the body converts the amino acid phenylalanine into tyrosine, which is then converted into L-dopa; L-dopa is then converted into dopamine. Without the neurotransmitter dopamine to serve a damping effect on neural transmissions, muscles become tense and tremble. L-dopa may be useful for improving attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by improving sleep disorder. ADHD is a chronic, neurologically based syndrome characterized by restlessness, distractibility and impulsivity. Many patients with ADHD experience sleep disorder that may cause them to be inattentive and hyperactive due to sleep deprivation. According to a study released during the American Academy of Neurology, patients taking L-dopa showed marked improvement in their sleep disorder, behavior, and mental acuity. Researchers argue that there may be a common link — a dopaminergic deficiency in the brain that causes both the sleep disorders and the ADHD.

 

 

  • Mucuna Pruriens has also been popular among athletes as L-Dopa contains natural secretagogues (which are also in goji berries) which may support the body’s ability to stimulate the natural release of growth hormone. The blood carries the dopamine into the brain, where it naturally increases HGH production from the pituitary gland. Human Growth Hormone (HGH), or somatotropin, is a protein made up of 191 amino acids which is secreted by the pituitary gland and coordinates normal growth and development.
  • Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is the most powerful hormone in the human body and it controls the aging process. Our HGH production declines as we get older, leading to many of the problems associated with aging. HGH has been heavily researched over the past few decades, and there have been over 20 cinical studies performed on it.

 

  • In 1977 issue of SCIENCE, researchers reported that L-dopa increased mean lifespans by up to 50% when fed to experimental rats at a dose of 40 to 80mg per gram of food. In a 1979 research, L-dopa almost totally reversed the slowness of motion and lack of coordination shown by aged rats (24 to 27 months). Aged rats could not swim well for more than a few minutes and their swimming lacked coordination compared to control young rats, and after several minutes they would repeatedly sink. All of these problems disappeared after treatment with L-Dopa. This research presents strong evidence that regular treatment with L-Dopa could have anti-aging effects and therefore lead to greater vigor in the old. A group of Urologists from Southern France used apomorphine (Dopamine activator) for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
  • Dopamine is a precursor to adrenaline. Dopaminergic networks are associated with “pleasure and movement centers” and are thought to control mood, motivation and reward. Many rewards and pleasures can ‘trip the dopamine pleasure switch’, including sex, food, hugging, kissing, etc. Experimental data suggest that the release of dopamine are present at all stages of sexual behavior in rodents.
  • The increased dopamine levels also optimize the production of other hormones, including testosterone, leading to increased sex drive and improved sexual performance for both men and women, beneficial in stimulating muscle growth, as well as burning fat from fat cells .

 

 

  • Mucuna’s effect on testosterone has been studied, and it has been shown to increase testosterone levels2, leading to deposition of protein in the muscles and increased muscle mass and strength3. Mucuna has also been found to enhance mental alertness, improve coordination4, and promote relaxation and deep sleep.

 

  • The content of L-dopa in mucuna has led serious research scientists, such as neurologist Dr. Bala V. Manyam of the Scott & White Clinic in Texas, to investigate the uses of mucuna in treating Parkinson’s disease.
  • They discovered that mucuna protects the energy-making mitochondria in the substantia nigra of the hippocampus of the brain so that these cells continue making dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. They were able to confirm the efficacy of mucuna in the management of Parkinson’s disease by virtue of its L-Dopa content. They also found that mucuna protects brain cells from DNA damage.
  • Mucuna is an herb that should be cycled and taken irregularly in different doses and at different times, for best results. Although this hasn’t been confirmed, taking mucuna daily for long periods of time may result in excessive production of dopamine and also cause the herb to stop working as well as the body may develop a tolerance for it. Therefore, it’s best cycled and taken in varying doses.
  • http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/02/antidepressants/

 

  • ssris tend to deplete dopamine levels in the brain causing the high suicide rates and other bizarre behavior. Getting off of these drugs often leaves one flat and unable to experience joy. If there truly a way to increase dopamine levels it would help many who have fallen in to the pit of dispair following the suscasion of these awful drugs.
  • SSRI antidepressants work by boosting circulating levels of serotonin, a mood-regulating neurotransmitter that also inhibits desire. The drugs also decrease dopamine, a neurotransmitter involved in a wide range of cognitive and behavioral processes, among them desire and arousal. The new research suggests that dopamine may also play a part in romance.
  • During sex, a cocktail of hormones is released that appears to play important roles in fostering romantic attachment within the brain. Take away sex, and romantic love can dwindle. But this is just part of the problem, say Fisher and University of Virginia psychiatrist James Thomson.
  • Dopamine also appears central to the neurobiology of romantic love and attachment, conditions that Fisher believes to be affected by — but ultimately distinct from — sexual love and its effects. She and Thomson say that SSRIs may do more than cause sexual dysfunction: They also suppress romance.
  • “There are all sorts of unconscious systems in our brain that we use to negotiate romantic love and romantic attraction,” said Thomson. “If these drugs cause conscious sexual side effects, we’d argue that there are going to be side effects that are not conscious.”
  • Reduced dopamine levels, however, are an inevitable effect of SSRIs. Reduce dopamine, say Fisher and Thomson, and the possibility of love itself is reduced.
  • Thomson and Fisher, on the other hand, report the opposite: antidepressant takers who’ve lost the capacity for romantic feeling.
  • Mucuna is an important herb to take for people who have been on SSRI’s for a long time to restore dopamine levels.
  • One all natural method to quitting cigarettes incorporates Mucuna into the nutritional “phase” of cessation, which, according to the program 14AndOut, is the third and final phase. (http://premium.naturalnews.tv/14AndOut__TV.htm & http://www.14andout.com/ ) New research shows that smokers are using Mucuna to “replace and replenish” dopamine levels during the first few weeks of cessation which kills the urge to smoke, and in turns ends the habit in 14 days or fewer. The research shows that Mucuna works for quitting cold turkey and for weaning, but that best results come from weaning the smoker off nicotine over a 14 day period. This completely natural, legal, and results-proving substitute for nicotine is ending the cravings of ex-smokers so they never go “back to the well” to satisfy the old chemically-induced “nic fit.”
  • Mucuna is the kryptonite of Big Tobacco’s “super” scam. Once smokers understand the specific chemicals in commercial cigarettes which drive them down and essentially create the need for dopamine, they have completed phase I of 14AndOut. In phase II, the smokerlearns how to substitute good behaviors for the previous health-damaging ones, such as breathing patterns and “hand to mouth” habits. Lastly, the program educates smokers about nutrition and how diseases cannot survive in an “alkalized system.” This is when the smoker shifts his/her diet, reducing the acid heavy system, which is all part of the hook of smoking.

    14AndOut guides the smoker to balance the central nervous system and body pH. This is the ultimate “key” to freedom from the smoking habit, and the program has testimonials about Mucuna’s success as part of this pH balance. (http://www.14andout.com)

    According to PeakHealthNow.com, the effects of higher dopamine levels in the body include various physical and psychological benefits, including better moods and improved mental focus.

  • Mucuna’s secret is that it removes the anxiety and uneasy feelingsassociated with the FIRST TWO WEEKS of quitting. This is the most powerful part of the unique program. How many smokers realize that their dopamine levels are not only very low, but they are not producing enough for them to “get over that craving,” because nicotine has CONTROLLED this process unnaturally for such a long period?
  • Just remember, when the central nervous system finds balance (quality, organic multi-vitamin and Vitamin B complex here), and the proper motivation buttons are pushed (Mucuna), the simple willof most people wanting to reclaim their health and life (people screaming “save me!”) goes a long way. If you’re a smoker now, or maybe even if you recently quit and just want to make sure you never go back, research Mucuna.

 

In large quantities, dopamine interferes with the production of serotonin, and therefore one needs to have a diet that consists of optimal levels of precursors of both serotonin and dopamine.

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