Mucuna Pruriens Benefits

benefits of mucuna pruriens

We recently wrote about Mucuna Pruriens and the proper dosage for you to be able to see and feel the intend effects but it feels like we didn’t talk enough about what those effects are and how you can leverage them to improve your workouts and enhance your overall lifestyle.  As one of the more under appreciated supplements on the market, Mucuna Pruriens is an all natural way for you to get the most out of your body… and your mind! More commonly known as the velvet bean, Mucuna Pruriens is 100% organic and has been found to treat a variety of horrible ailments such as tremors, parkinson’s disease, and depression.  As an alternative to synthetic, man made medication, velvet bean is one of the increasingly popular studied neurological treatment solutions on the market today.

While all of that is a super feel-good story and is certainly pretty interesting, let’s be real:  You want to know how you can leverage this weird bean to improve your own personal workout sessions and life.

The Three Benefits of Mucuna Pruriens YOU Care About:

  1. Mood enhancement [1].  Does it feel like you need more focus?  Men, are you feeling a little less stamina than you used to?  Women, do you find the weight of the world is adding so much stress to your life that you just want to sit and cry?  We’re sorry it sounds like an infomercial, but the most obvious and beneficial affect of velvet bean supplementation is without a doubt the mood enhancement properties.  You’ll likely notice after just a single supplementation. Thank goodness too, because the fast paced lifestyle that we’re living these days doesn’t really give us time to sit and have a pity party.  Self-imposed pity parties take up time and the easiest time to sacrifice seems to always be the time we’ve set aside for our workouts, right? Stick with the mucuna pruriens supplementation and your dopamine levels will rise, making everything seem just a little bit easier [2].
  2. Sugar regulation.  As luck would have it, mucuna pruriens seed extract allows us to better regulate our sugar levels.  For you diabetics and hypoglycemics, there is some seriously good news! Studies have show that supplementing with the velvet bean can work as an insulin alternative.  It doesn’t exactly replace insulin, so you should keep some on hand if you occasionally require it, but mucuna pruriens will help your body regulate the sugar levels, sometimes preventing the need for insulin entirely!  For the rest of us who aren’t super sugar conscious, the velvet bean supplementation will ensure our metabolic state remains healthy during our cutting periods [3].
  3. Antioxidants.  Mucuna pruriens is loaded with so many antioxidants, it is used in the protection against poisonous creatures such as spiders and snakes!  The antioxidants will help neutralize any of the harmful venom that may try coagulating your blood, limiting the reaction you have. Will you need that assistance?  Probably not, but it’s nice to know that our bodies will have further elevated antioxidation help when it comes to filtering out the other garbage that finds its way into our system.  Velvet bean supplementation helps us regenerate from particularly intense workouts and ready ourselves for the next self-imposed beating in the gym [4].


  1. Kamla Kant Shukla,1 Abbas Ali Mahdi,1 Mohammad Kaleem Ahmad,1 Shyam Pyari Jaiswar,2 Satya Narain Shankwar,3 and Sarvada Chandra Tiwari4
    Mucuna pruriens Reduces Stress and Improves the Quality of Semen in Infertile Men
    Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2010 Mar; 7(1): 137–144.
    Published online 2007 Dec 18. doi: 10.1093/ecam/nem171
  2. Digvijay G. Rana and Varsha J. Galani1
    Dopamine mediated antidepressant effect of Mucuna pruriens seeds in various experimental models of depression
    Ayu. 2014 Jan-Mar; 35(1): 90–97.
    doi: 10.4103/0974-8520.141949
  3. Majekodunmi SO1, Oyagbemi AA, Umukoro S, Odeku OA.
    Evaluation of the anti-diabetic properties of Mucuna pruriens seed extract.
    Asian Pac J Trop Med. 2011 Aug;4(8):632-6. doi: 10.1016/S1995-7645(11)60161-2.
  4. Lucia Raffaella Lampariello,1 Alessio Cortelazzo,2 Roberto Guerranti,2 Claudia Sticozzi,3 and Giuseppe Valacchi3,4,*
    The Magic Velvet Bean of Mucuna pruriens
    J Tradit Complement Med. 2012 Oct-Dec; 2(4): 331–339.
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