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Mucuna Seed (Mucuna pruriens), commonly known as velvet bean and in Ayurveda as kapikacchu, is a tropical climbing legume native to Africa and tropical Asian countries. Mucuna plants produce showy, purple-pink flowers that are pea-like in shape. After flowering, they develop elongated pods resembling beans or peas, and inside are smooth, kidney-shaped seeds which are used for their medicinal properties.

Mucuna Seeds have many traditional uses, primarily related to neurological health, mood enhancement, libido, stress management, and overall well-being. They’re most known for supporting the nervous system as a natural source of levodopa (L-dopa), an essential precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine promotes relaxation and calm while helping maintain healthy muscular movements, proper sensation, and healthy coordination and motor skills.

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Some other bioactive compounds found in Mucuna Seeds are the neurotransmitter serotonin, 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan), flavonoids, phenolic acids, alkaloids, and amino acids. The alkaloids mucunine, mucunadine, and mucunadinine may have neuroprotective and antioxidant effects.

Mucuna Seed has been shown in scientific studies to:

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The human body is like a finely tuned Swiss watch, with each gear (organ system) affecting all the others. For more information or to get tested, contact a Wellness Way clinic. We’ll help you understand how your body is currently functioning and the best ways to support it!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.


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