As with many things internet based, a lot of information is copied and pasted, has a dash of creative license, a sprinkling of Chinese whispers and boom you have a new superfood or a superherb. When we select our products we look for the most effective and the very best quality. So we research and research some more, then provide all of that research for you so that you can make up your own mind.
ANTI-OXIDANT / ANTI-INFLAMMATORY (Cognitive Performance)
Mucuna has been linked to potential neuroprotective effects, in some cases directly related to being a safe treatment for parkinsons disease sufferers. It may also have neurorestorative effects due to its potential to reduce the dopaminergic neurons from degenerating. The free radical scavenging, anti-oxidative effects of Mucuna have been related to and active in its ability to be neuroprotective and neurorestorative.
Mucuna contains large quantities of phenolic compounds which have an anti-oxidative capacities and may help prevent various oxidative stressors.
Mucuna has also been used traditional as a treatment for ADHD (attention deficit disorder), recent research suggests that Mucuna may have positive impacts on this group. But further studies should be carried out. (6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 17)
Clinical trials performed on infertile men suggested that Mucuna has the ability to positively impact dopamine, adrenaline and noradrenaline. With this study group improving the concentration of sperm and motility.
Mucuna's high amounts of l-dopa, and as the precursor to dopamine, research has suggested that it is responsible for the spermatogenic activity, which leads to improvement in libido and sperm health.
It has been suggested that when taken for 3 months it can have positive impact on the health of male sexual organs.
A recent study took 60 healthy infertile men who were found to be suffering form psychological stress and 60 healthy normal men with atleast 1 child. After a 3 month treatment it was shown that 5g of Mucuna per day was able to reactivate the anti-oxidant defence system, help manage stress and improve sperm quality. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 14)
It has been suggested that Mucuna may aid various skin conditions. Further studies should be carried out to investigate this potential. (9)
CIRCULATION (Blood Glucose)
An alcohol extract of Mucuna was suggests to have an anti-diabetic effect on blood glucose levels and also on a reduced the weight loss caused by diabetes. Research has also suggested that those suffering from diabetes and also a reduced libido or sperm quality, could benefit in using Mucuna, and supports it traditional use as a medicine for sexual invigoration and the diabetic condition. (3, 9, 15)
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY (BLOOD SUGAR)
Studies have suggested that the anti-inflammatory and protective effects of Eleuthero could display positive effects on diabetic damage to cells, as well as lipid and glucose regulation. (2)
The phenols and tannins found in Mucuna leaves have been suggested to have anti-microbial activities. (9)
OTHER (Snake Venom)
Mucuna has also been linked in a number of studies to be active against snake venom. Traditional used to treat the toxic effects of snake bites when the bean was swallowed whole. Studies suggest that when Mucuna is effective 24hours after taking it for up to 1 month. The action is suggested to be due to an immune mechanism where it creates anti-bodies that react with the venom proteins. (9)