Mucuna Pruriens Dosage

what is mucuna pruriens dosage amount

Mucuna Pruriens.  That’s a mouth full.  Like most of the products we’ve brought to your attention in this blog, Mucuna Pruriens can be leveraged to help us on our never ending conquest to perfection.  Achieving the physique you want might involve some supplementation that you’re not really familiar with and Mucuna Pruriens dosing is no exception when it comes to that.

Today, we’re going to be talking about Mucuna Pruriens, where it comes from, when you’re supposed to use it, what it does for you, and how much you’re supposed to be ingesting.

What is Mucuna Pruriens?

Derived from something called the velvet bean, Mucuna Pruriens is found primarily on the continent of Africa.  We extract Mucuna Pruriens from the bean to use it in a variety of medications in western civilization to treat a few different ailments [1].  The Mucuna Pruriens seed is at the center of importance when it comes to cultivation as this is where the desired extract is most concentrated.

The Mucuna Pruriens is called the velvet bean because of it’s color.  You guessed it, it looks to be velvet in color.  Should you harvest the beans without proper personal protection, you’ll suffer the infamous itching rash it produces when it comes in contact with human skin.

Why Do I Care about Mucuna Pruriens?

Seeds of the velvet beans harvested throughout Africa are loaded with antioxidants, positive psychoactives, and one of the key ingredients to dopamine.  We’ve already talked about the importance of antioxidants in your supplementation, but we haven’t spent too much time on the mental pieces of supplementation [2].

Dopamine, in the most broad sense, is what controls your emotions.  Maybe not just dopamine, but it definitely is released into your brain and plays a large role in your happiness.  As a neurotransmitter, it’s the most essential for a human to have feelings of pleasure, joy, content, and happiness.

Aside from the emotional benefits, dopamine allows you to feel more focused, making it easier to reach your goals.  By boosting your confidence and easing anxiety, dopamine allows you to have successful workouts without that nagging feeling of doubt we might get if it’s taking a while to see physical results.  It’s important to remember and understand that a healthy mental state is just as important as a healthy physical state and you will not be able to achieve the latter without the former [3].

Mucuna Pruriens Dosage and How Often?

Mucuna Pruriens is one of those awesome substances that starts to work the moment it enters our system.  When it hits our bloodstream, our bodies will start to utilize the benefits encompassed within the magical ingredients of the velvet bean.  Since it takes only 15 minutes to hit our bloodstream, it’s recommended that we consume the Mucuna Pruriens at the same time we take our pre-workout mix, allowing us to maximize the benefits.

Mucuna Pruriens can come in tablet or powder form.  In either scenario, take it at the same time you consume your pre-workout shake.  Either mix 250 to 500mg of Mucuna Pruriens with your drink or down one or two 250mg tablets with some water before you hit the weights.  Taking any more than 500mg will just waste your money and might lead to discomfort or nausea.


  1. 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.
  2. Dhanasekaran M1, Tharakan B, Manyam BV.
    Antiparkinson drug–Mucuna pruriens shows antioxidant and metal chelating activity.
    Phytother Res. 2008 Jan;22(1):6-11.
  3. 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
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