Not Hakuna Matata from the Lion King..although I did hear it is a wonderful phrase…it means no worries for the rest of your days..oh wait we are talking about MACUNA!!!! Which we have been carrying for some time now. But it seems like everyone should hear all about it.
Mucuna is most known for
containing a very powerful neurotransmitter pre-cursor called L-Dopa.
The Benefits of L-Dopa
L-Dopa is an amino acid that
converts into Dopamine. Dopamine is required for proper functioning of the
brain. Dopamine is depleted by stress, stimulants, legal and illegal drug
abuse, and alcohol. L-Dopa is known to be the most important nutrient for those
suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
Experimental studies show
L-Dopa also helps in the reduction of cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
L- Dopa may support the body's
ability to produce health-giving hormones. As Dopamine is carried into the
brain, it naturally optimizes the production of other hormones, including
testosterone, which leads to an increased sex driveand improved sexual
performance for both men and women.
It is also beneficial in
stimulating muscle growth, as well as burning fat from fat cells.
The Benefits of Mucuna
-Better sleep (promotes deep sleep)
-Reduces body fat, and decreases cellulite and
-Improves skin texture and appearance
-Helps maintain bone density
-Increases lean muscle mass
-Improves sense of well-being
-Enhances libido and sexual performance
-Increases energy levels
-Favorably modulates blood lipids
-Improves adrenal and kidney health — builds
-Strengthens the immune system
-Provides L-Dopa, which converts to Dopamine
Serving Size: If you are new
to this herb, it is best to start small (1/16-1/8 teaspoon), and gradually
build up as your body adapts to its potency to 1/2 teaspoon or more.
Suggested Usage: Add to
elixirs, tonics, smoothies, homemade ice creams, puddings, fruit and/or
vegetable juices, water, etc. Mucuna pairs well with all forms of chocolate.
Try swirling mucuna in to your next chocolate recipe and enjoy the wonders of
this medicinal herb.