Mucuna pruriens is very unique. It positively impacts your brain by boosting dopamine levels, which helps prevent you from suffering from fatigue, laziness, depression, or ADHD. Mucuna also helps stimulate human growth hormone, and is a major natural source used to help smokers quit smoking.
Mucuna affects your dopamine levels, which in turn positively impacts diverse aspects of your life. Mucuna is able to do so because it contains L-Dopa. In fact, it is the only food source containing L-dopa, making it a key player in The Superman Diet. You see, you need the right levels of L-dopa in your brain to restore your dopamine levels. In present day society, the vast majority of us could use dopamine replenishment. I cannot stress enough how important this is as your motivation, drive, and willingness to put a huge effort into something depend largely on the health of your brain, including your levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine. You need to have sufficient levels of dopamine in you brain to achieve maximum performance in life. Without it, you tend to get run down and feel dull, indifferent about the life you once loved, and less motivated all around. If you have smoked, done drugs, drank alcohol or coffee, or consumed other types of stimulants throughout your life, it is important to note that such addictions, or habits, trigger the release of dopamine in the brain every time you indulge in them. Over time, this seriously alters your brain cells, which results in a severe deficiency in dopamine with time. When this happens, which it undoubtedly has to more of us than not, you become lazier, less driven, less courageous, and less open to the energy of life.
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. SSRIs deplete dopamine levels, so mucuna is advised to help replenish your dopamine levels if you have taken any SSRI drugs.
There are several drugs that contain L-dopa as an isolated ingredient, such as Artane. However, mucuna pruriens, offers a naturally occurring 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.
Mucuna has also been popular among athletes. 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 the production of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) from the pituitary gland. HGH, or somatotropin, is a protein made up of 191 amino acids that is responsible for the coordination of normal growth and development. 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.
Mucuna plays a beneficial role in regards to testosterone as well. Studies have shown that Mucuna increases testosterone levels, leading to an increase in muscle mass and overall strength. Mucuna has also been found to enhance mental alertness, to improve coordination difficulties, and to promote deep, relaxing sleep.
New research shows that smokers are using Mucuna to “replace and replenish” dopamine levels during the first few weeks of cessation to kill the urge to smoke, and in turns end 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 fourteen-day period. This completely natural, legal, and results-proving substitute for ending the cravings of ex-smokers so they never go “back to the well” to satisfy the old chemically-induced “nic fit.”
Mucuna’s secret is that it removes the anxiety and uneasy feelings associated with the first two weeks of quitting. 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? If you are a smoker, do not be discouraged in your journey to quit. Just keep in mind, when the central nervous system finds balance and is fed proper motivation, or mucuna, the simple will of most people wanting to reclaim their health and life goes along way. So, 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.
Note: In large quantities, dopamine interferes with the production of serotonin. So, it is important to have a diet that consists of optimal level of precursors for both serotonin and dopamine.
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Shelley is the former Editor-in-Chief of Public Health Alert, and a health writer for various sources including Collective Evolution, MindBodyGreen, Natural News, and more. She is trained in herbalism, diet and nutrition, bach flower remedies, and herbal materia medica.