Mucuna extract 20% | Mucuna pruriens

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Mucuna pruriens, also known as velvet bean, is perhaps the richest plant-based source of L-DOPA – an amino acid required to synthesize dopamine in the central nervous system. The supplementation with Mucuna pruriens extract naturally boosts energy and helps to maintain a positive attitude. Moreover, it stimulates the secretion of both testosterone and growth hormone.


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Mucuna extract 20% | Mucuna pruriens

Properties: Healing properties of velvet bean have been known to humanity for millennia. The most important natural medical systems, such as Ayurveda, have used this plant to treat various diseases. It also gained recognition in Africa where herbalists eagerly make use of its health-promoting properties. The secret of Mucuna pruriens species is hidden in the seeds. They are actually the main source of L-DOPA – one of the most important precursors of dopamine. Thus, they are the raw herbal material. Although it is not the only bioactive substance found in the extract of Mucuna, it is responsible for most of the properties that this plant has to offer.

L-DOPA is a direct precursor of dopamine and as such it supports dopaminergic activity in the brain. What does it mean exactly? Dopamine is one of the main excitatory neurotransmitters and plays a big role in the functioning of the so-called reward system. When the level of dopamine is increased, it provides our organism with more energy to act and helps us to feel more satisfaction when we complete our goals. Thus, we become more productive and our mood also improves. There is more to that! Bioactive substances found in the velvet bean limit the activity of hormones related to stress. Therefore, difficult situations become less of a challenge and we start to treat them with more ease. 

Physically active people will also benefit from the supplementation of Mucuna pruriens extract. This is because L-DOPA – its main component – increases the levels of testosterone and growth hormone. Thus, our performance during workout becomes more effective and the muscle tissue accumulates faster. On top of that, L-DOPA helps to metabolize the fat tissue faster. Therefore, we store less fat “for later”. All these effects combined make the extract of Mucuna pruriens a perfect choice when we are trying to lose some extra pounds. 

Ok, now let’s talk about sex, shall we? Bioactive substances found in velvet bean are capable of improving the quality of intimate moments. This is not just a word-of-mouth story. The results of clinical trials clearly show that the supplementation of Mucuna pruriens increases libido. This is because it upregulates the production of testosterone in the organism, which in turn improves the sexual drive and fertility. 

Supplementation with Mucuna pruriens is recommended especially to those who aim at increasing the motivation and boosting the mood. Moreover, L-DOPA contained in the seeds of this plant will help to improve the physical and sexual performance.

Occurrence: Velvet bean (Mucuna pruriens) is a climbing, vine-like shrub of the Fabaceae family. It carries distinctive fruits shaped like pods that are about 15 cm long and covered with long, stinging hairs. Originally, it is native to Africa and tropical regions of Eastern Asia. Nowadays however, it grows in the entire tropical zone – both wild and cultivated. 

In traditional Indian medicine (Ayurveda), velvet bean has been used for millennia as a remedy to a variety of diseases, notably these related with the nervous system dysfunctions or sexual ailments. In Niger, the seeds of this plant are a common anti-inflammatory treatment applied after snake poisoning.

Biochemistry: The seeds of velvet bean are a natural source of L-DOPA which is its most important bioactive compound. Other active substances include: saponins, flavonoids, terpenoids, glycosides, tannins, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), inositol, bufotenin and minerals (selenium, iron, magnesium).

Fun fact: Velvet bean is famous for its… itchiness. Young leaves and pods irritate the human skin extremely. The reason for this is the protein mucunain contained in the hairs inside of the pods. This irritant is not present in the mature plant, though. This is why the local people of northern Mozambique call the beans “crazy beans” (feijões malucos), and in Nigeria the seed pods are referred to as “devil beans”.

How does Mucuna extract 20% | Mucuna pruriens work?

Increases energy and motivation: Mucuna pruriens extract contains L-DOPA. This compound easily crosses the brain-blood barrier and thus reaches the central nervous system. There, it serves as a direct precursor of dopamine – the substrate crucial in the production of this neurotransmitter which, for the most part, is responsible for motivation level and the feeling of satisfaction when we complete our goals. Thus, increased dopamine activity significantly boosts energy level. Indirectly, L-DOPA influences other important neurotransmitters – adrenaline and noradrenaline. Their optimal density in the brain is crucial in terms of energizing the whole organism.

Supports a good mood: Dopamine is an excitatory neurotransmitter that activates the reward system of the brain which determines the sensation of pleasure. Thus, an optimal level of dopamine generally helps us to feel happy with our life. L-DOPA found in velvet bean increases the density of dopamine in the central nervous system and this leads to the improvement of mental comfort. Moreover, the results of clinical trials suggest that the systematic supplementation with Mucuna pruriens extract helps to decrease the level of cortisol. This hormone is secreted excessively during stressful situations, whereby its blood level concentration is considered a prime physiological stress marker. Velvet bean’s ability to reduce the activity of cortisol combined with simultaneous upregulation of the dopaminergic projections provides a stable, positive mood.

Improves physical performance: Results of scientific studies show that the supplementation with Mucuna extract works very well with physical training. Firstly, L-DOPA found in this extract efficiently increases the level of testosterone thus accelerating the growth of muscle mass. Secondly, scientists observed that the density of growth hormone in the blood can be elevated just one hour after administration of the supplement. Growth hormone is secreted by the pituitary gland and is responsible mainly for the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats. Moreover, it increases the release of glucose from the liver while intensifying the process of lipolysis – the fat metabolism. Last but not least, it limits the process of lipogenesis – the storing of lipids in new fat tissue.

Increases libido: Libido – both in men and women – is related to the levels of testosterone and prolactin. Clinical trials tested the influence of Mucuna pruriens extract supplementation on these hormones. Their results were clear: the level of testosterone increased, whereas the level of prolactin dropped. These effects combined lead to a noticeable improvement of libido. Noteworthy, L-DOPA contained in velvet bean also works as an aphrodisiac. Another set of studies tested the effects of supplementation on erectile functions. The results demonstrated that after a few days of regular mucuna administration the frequency and duration of erections raised, whereas men in their 20s noted that there has also been an increase in the maximum penile circumference. On top of that, even a single dose of mucuna strengthens both subjective and genital responses to sexual stimulation. Last but not least, scientists have also looked at the impact of velvet bean on male fertility. The results of their investigation indicated that supplementation with this plant improves the quality of semen.

Mucuna extract 20% | Mucuna pruriens product specification


  • powdered raw ingredient
  • extract from the seeds of Mucuna pruriens (>20% L-DOPA)
  • steel measuring tool 0.60 ml ~ 450 mg
  • airtight ALU-PET bag
  • nutrition, neuroregulation, herbal medicine
  • ingredient admitted to trading in the EU and the US

How to use Mucuna extract 20% | Mucuna pruriens?


  • 400 – 800 mg
  • 1 – 2
  • with or without food
  • in the morning
  • 6 weeks of using – 2 weeks of break

How to stack Mucuna extract 20% | Mucuna pruriens?

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